National placemaking organisation Places for People has partnered with Swedish sustainable housebuilders Trivselhus on an £18m development of pioneering low-energy smart homes in Milton Keynes, where a show home has officially opened.

Sommar Place, which comprises 39 highly energy-efficient homes on the edge of Places for People’s award-winning Brooklands development in Milton Keynes, is Trivselhus’ largest development to date in the UK, with further development opportunities being sought between the JV partners.

A show home for Sommar Place was officially opened last week by his Excellency Torbjörn Sohlström – Swedish Ambassador to the UK – alongside Milton Keynes’ mayor, Councillor David Hopkins.

All homes at Sommar Place will feature a superior level of insulation and air-tightness built into their timber frame walls, offering typical reductions of 40 per cent on heating demands over traditionally-built properties. Sommar Place is also the UK’s first full housing development with Apple Home app, Siri and Apple HomeKit accessories fitted as standard.

Places for People is one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, owning or managing more than 195,000 homes nationwide. Adopting a placemaking approach, its 2,500 home Brooklands development in Milton Keynes incorporates education and community facilities, open spaces and transport links alongside housing.

Groundbreaking development

David Cowans, Group Chief Executive at Places for People said, 

“Places for People is committed to driving innovation that improves the quality of life in our communities – that’s why we’re delighted to be partnering with Trivselhus on this groundbreaking development.

“Sommar Place is a truly forward-thinking project, delivering the very best in Swedish energy-efficient design, combined with the latest in smart home technology – effectively future-proofing these homes for years to come.

“Alongside our award-winning developments at Brooklands and Wolverton Park, we’re delighted to be working with Trivselhus to offer greater housing choice to the people of Milton Keynes.”

Trivselhus has been building homes in its state-of-the-art factories for more than 20 years. The firm is wholly owned by the ethical forestry industries group Södra, which prides itself on the sustainable management of its woodlands in Sweden.

Smart home technology

Ken Forster, Managing Director of Trivselhus said,

“Technology is essential in easing people’s lives, so it is important that moving forward family homes are designed with smart home technology at their fore. We’re proud that Sommar Place is leading the way in tech-enabled housing developments that are affordable, efficient and future-proof at a time when technology is developing at pace.

“In doing so, privacy and security of homeowners is paramount, which is why it was especially important for us to offer the highly secure, end-to-end encrypted Apple HomeKit accessories within Sommar Place, which we believe to be a first in the UK.”


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