1 June 2010
Fold recently won the award for ‘Most Sustainable Build’ at the annual Action Renewables Association Awards on 15 March for its new family housing scheme in Ardglass, County Down.
A disused Police Station in Ardglass has now been successfully redeveloped to provide eleven new homes which have been designed to achieve an ‘Excellent’ Eco-Homes rating along with other tenant beneficial accreditations such as Lifetime Homes and Secure by Design.
The scheme boasts innovative environmentally friendly solutions & technology including:
- Timber Framed Houses
- Solar Panels to heat water
- Heat Recovery Ventilation
To enhance the living environment we also retained existing trees and planted several semi-mature trees, creating a sense of ownership and place for the new tenants. To encourage local wildlife bat and bird boxes were provided and hedgerows and local flora and fauna were reinstated.
John McLean, Chief Executive of Fold commented ‘We were very pleased to see our excellent family housing scheme in Ardglass recognised with this award. This high quality development designed to Excellent – Eco-Homes, has provided much needed housing for the local community. We are grateful for our support from the Housing Executive and the Department for Social Development in being able to develop this award winning scheme’.
Notes to the Editor
- Fold Housing Association has over 4,600 homes across Northern Ireland providing housing, care and support to families, single people, older people and people with complex needs.
- Fold designs and constructs all new homes to Code Level 4 and Secure by Design standards. The development team will commence around 400 new homes by the end of the financial year.
- Fold provides support for people who choose to live in their own homes through its Telecare business, its Staying Put service and Day care at a number of housing-with-care schemes.
- The association is a leader in the provision of specialist housing and support for people with dementia and will launch its ‘Brain Bus’ service in May 2010 for people living in the community.