Wates to build over 1,000 eco homes in Wales

Socially distanced Wates workers on site

Wates has won a deal to deliver the next two phases of its 10-year Cardiff Living partnership with Cardiff Council, delivering 1,500 new homes by 2027.

Wates Residential and Cardiff Council aim to install ground source heat pumps, solar PV panels and batteries on all of the new homes that will be delivered as part of phases two and three. Charging points for electric cars will also be installed across the site, after Wates Residential, Cardiff Council and Sero Energy secured over £4m Innovative Housing Programme (IHP) Grant funding from Welsh Government for the Eastern High site.

IHP funding of £1.4m has also been secured for the Croft Street site in Plasnewydd to enable the delivery of a highly energy-efficient modular system. New homes will be designed and manufactured off-site in controlled conditions.

The first new developments have now started on site and include the largest single Cardiff Living development to date at the former Eastern High School site in Rumney. The site will see 214 new homes developed, including 44 Community Living flats for older people at Addison House.

At least 40% of the new homes being developed as part of phases two and three will be earmarked for council rent or sale via the authority’s assisted home ownership scheme.

Since the formation of Cardiff Living in 2016, the partnership has completed 343 homes at seven locations across the city. This includes 172 homes for private sale at Captain’s View in Llanrumney, Silvervale Park in St. Mellons, Walker House in Llanishen and Ty To Maen in Old St. Mellons.  The partners have also completed 171 affordable homes these locations, in addition to sites at Snowden Road and Wilson Road in Ely, Ty Newydd in Caerau and Llanrumney Depot.

Work also continues at phase one sites at Briardene in Gabalfa and Silvervale Park.

Edward Rees, regional director for Wates Residential, said: “Since 2015, our award-winning partnership with Cardiff Council has delivered 343 much-needed new homes for local people across Cardiff. These homes are an exemplar for high quality, sustainable new housing that people can be proud to live in.

“Starting the process for the next two phases of the programme is an exciting step forward for Cardiff Living. We believe that everyone deserves a great place to live and, by harnessing innovative construction methods and carbon saving technologies, we hope that these new homes will continue to bring positive benefits to the local community for many generations to come.”

Cabinet member for Housing and Communities, councillor Lynda Thorne said: “One of the focuses of Cardiff Living has always been to improve on Building Control standards for energy efficient buildings and we’re aiming to bring forward the proposed 2025 standards now in the exciting developments in the pipeline.

“We’re delighted to be continuing the partnership with Wates Residential and can look forward to utilising innovative construction methods and sustainable technologies to create high quality homes fit for the future.”

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