Places for People has marked the start of an £18m partnership with Swedish sustainable housebuilders Trivselhus.
To celebrate spades hitting the ground, a porcelain Swedish horse - a traditional good luck charm, was presented on the site of the low energy homes in Milton Keynes.
Sommar Place, a mix of 56 highly energy-efficient Swedish-style houses and apartments, will be delivered on the outskirts of our award-winning Brooklands development in the town, through the new joint venture.
The new scheme will be Trivselhus' largest development in the UK to date. The firm is wholly owned by the ethical forestry industries groupSödra,which prides itself on the sustainable management of its woodlands in Sweden.
Trivselhus' off-site 'fabric first' manufacturing approach creates homes that significantly exceed British building requirements and deliver exceptional energy efficiency, having been developed to withstand the extreme weather variations of Scandinavia.
The 'breathable' Climate Shield™ used for all Trivselhus homes embeds energy saving features from the outset, minimises wastage and improves accuracy in construction. More than 90% of all new Swedish properties are currently built in this manner.
This is Places for People's second development in Milton Keynes in recent years. Our Brooklands development was recognised at the 2016 Planning and Placemaking Awards, for creating an inclusive community with supporting infrastructure - including education and community facilities, open spaces and transport links.
Colin Rae, Development Director at Places for People said,
"Sommar Place will be another pioneering development for Places for People, delivering the very best in Swedish energy-efficient design to customers in Milton Keynes.
"As an organisation committed to innovation, we are proud to be partnering with Trivselhus on their largest ever development in the UK. Trivselhus' ethical and sustainable priorities match our own business values, and we look forward to working together on this project."
Ken Foster, Managing Director of Trivselhus said,
"For over 20 years Swedish customers have benefited from the advantages that the Trivselhus Climate Shield™ has brought to the design of their homes"
"Trivselhus is delighted to be able to offer our beautifully crafted product to UK customers who want to enjoy a taste of the Scandinavian lifestyle and to generate significant environmental savings."
Ashe Construction was appointed as building contractor in April 2017 and houses will be released for sale in summer 2017.The site is due for completion by the end of summer 2018.