Ash Sakula Eco-town win

Friday February 17th, 2012

Ash Sakula has won the Eco-town Terrace open design competition for a terrace of prototype carbon-neutral houses in the Eco-town of Whitehill Bordon, in Hampshire.

The competition, organised by East Hampshire District Council, attracted 54 initial submissions, and sought to create exemplary housing on a challenging site at the entrance to the town. Designs were to be capable of replication on other sites in the town, and to achieve the highest possible sustainable standard.

Ash Sakula’s proposal, unanimously chosen by a panel of architects and local residents, features three houses each comprising a highly insulated core of flexibly arranged accommodation supplemented by an uninsulated entrance space opening onto an enclosed front garden. The terrace is constructed from cross-laminated timber and clad in sweet chestnut shingles and lime render on wood-fibre insulation. The three houses achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 5 and, with additional photovoltaic panels mounted on a disused fire tower elsewhere on the site, could achieve level 6.

Ash Sakula’s team included Structural Engineer Stockley, M&E Engineer Michael Popper, CSH Assessor Eight Associates, and Cost Consultant KMCS. Other shortlisted teams were Proctor and Matthews, Bere Associates, Letts Wheeler and White Arkitekter.

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