11 August 2018
Ground-breaking event for Wales' largest Passivhaus development
Matt Parsons, Childs+Sulzmann Architects
Caerphilly Passivhaus Housing

A ground breaking event has officially started the construction phase of an innovative scheme to develop the site of the former Caerphilly Magistrates Court into 38 new homes built to Passivhaus standard.

The development, designed by Childs+Sulzmann Architects is being built by Jehu Construction for affordable housing provider Linc Cymru. It will include 34 flats and 4 houses in a landscape that will also include an outdoor fitness area and edible elements to contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Passivhaus is a concept that has been developed in Germany and represents the highest standards in low energy sustainable homes.

Louise Attwood, Development Director for Linc Cymru says: “This is a really exciting development. It is our largest scale Passivhaus development and a chance to showcase its benefits and to prove that innovation in design and construction is something that can be applied to the general housing market. The design has enormous benefits for the health and lifestyle of those who will live there. We are thrilled to be working with Caerphilly Council and with the support of the Welsh Government Innovative Housing programme to bring this project to Caerphilly.”

Matt Parsons who heads up the Welsh office of Childs+Sulzmann, is leading the project and commented, “This is an exciting project that will ensure that those who can least afford to pay high energy bills are living in comfortable, warm, quality homes and it will have enormous environmental benefits too. We are very enthusiastic about the role of Passivhaus in the future of social housing.”

The Caerphilly Magistrates Court development is one of several Passivhaus social housing schemes currently being progressed by Childs+Sulzmann.

Childs+ Sulzmann supported Linc Cymru’s successful bid to Welsh Government for grant aid through the £19m Innovative Housing Programme. The funding has been allocated to demonstrator projects to help inform Welsh Government, housing associations and local authorities about the type of homes needed to meet future demand and address environmental issues.   

Architects: Childs+Sulzmann
Engineers: Aecom
Project Managers: Jehu
Civil Engineers: Smart Associates

For more information, please contact Matt Parsons, 02920 108729, or email matt.parsons@candsp.co.uk.

Matt Parsons, Director at Childs+Sulzmann