2010-present NW Bicester, Oxfordshire, UK
Masterplan with Farrells for A2 Dominion and Cherwell District Council providing 6000 true zero carbon homes, local centres, education, community, retail & business uses. The award winning exemplar phase for 400 homes was granted planning permission in 2012. Construction was completed for a first group of 100 homes with residents moving in 2016 with a further 100 homes per year currently being completed.
Houses designed by Higgs Young Architects are code 5 and designed with roof slopes orientated south to provide maximum potential for photovoltaic cells and solar thermal. Houses have principal rooms facing south with integral shading for windows. Timber frame construction with factory made high insulation and air sealed panels are clad with render and cedar suing material supplied with reduced waste and embodied carbon.