Update from Site – Much Wenlock Social Housing


partially complete houses on site at much wedlock

Work is rapidly progressing on site for 12 new affordable homes in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

Commissioned by Shropshire Housing Group, the greenfield site, which lies just outside the village of Much Wenlock, is one of a number of sites in the county identified by the group for affordable housing. The development will allocate 10 socially rented properties, with the remainder to be marketed for shared ownership.

The scheme is a mix of 1 to 3 bedroom houses, all of which are designed to achieve Passivhaus certification. The standard aims to offer residents a healthy and comfortable lifestyle, with the robust building performance that will keep operational costs to a minimum.

3d visual of new houses

Main contractor, SJ Roberts are doing a great job on their first built Passivhaus scheme, alongside sub-contractors, Lowfield Timber Frame who are delivering the timber frame shells that have been carefully designed with Architype to be both robust and cost effective.

Some of the techniques employed to achieve this include pre-fabricated external wall timber panels, designed as open larsen trusses to be insulated on site, and simple timber truss roofs insulated at ceiling level.

The airtightness of the frame, achieved with Smartply ProPassiv boards and Pro Clima tapes, were provided by PYC Construction, who have also overseen application on site to the internal face of the timber frame and underside of ceiling. The insulation in the walls and roof is blown cellulose(recycled newspaper insulation) and is due to commence installation in the coming weeks.

Special attention has been paid to the appearance of the properties, which sit comfortably within the local vernacular. The timber frame homes will be clad in an arrangement of UK produced thermally modified poplar cladding, in conjunction with lime render provided by a company in Much Wenlock and clayroof tiles which are quarried and manufactured less than 25 miles from the site.

We look forward to sharing the completed scheme with you when the scheme completes in the Spring!