First Future Homes Project is Underway!

Robert Woodhead Limited have started their first Future Homes project with Bolsover District Council. Following the governmental gas and oil boiler ban as the UK commit to reducing CO2 emissions, the Future Homes development will create 19 entirely electric houses, which will meet the new governments sustainability standards which are due to be implemented in 2025, today.

The second 4-year partnership between Robert Woodhead Ltd and Bolsover District Council will see a Future Homes site at The Woodlands, Langwith. The Future Homes programme aims to produce houses with a faster completion, using a fabric first approach providing lower energy bills for tenants. The construction will involve timber frame materials, SIP panels and air source heat pumps for heating.

Robert Woodhead Ltd will be tackling fuel poverty and encourage the delivery of high-standard but low carbon and energy efficient homes whilst helping Bolsover District Council with their goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2025.

The construction of the Future Homes will be up to 20% quicker than traditional house buildings due to the use of timber frames. This housing development on Woodlands will be designed to achieve 80% less carbon emissions than current building regulations allow. The Future Homes development is central to Robert Woodhead Ltd.’s Climate Action Framework and progresses the company to becoming a climate positive contractor by 2030.

Members of the company alongside attendees from Bolsover District Council, Bolsover TV and the BBC gathered to commend the start of this landmark project after being in development for 2 years. David Pearson, Bolsover Framework Manager comments: “It’s exciting to finally be launching the Future Homes initiative. As a company, we’re very proud to already be meeting future building regulations and to be contributing towards a more sustainable future in construction.”

Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sandra Peake said, “I’m really pleased to see work progressing and hopefully within the next year the bungalows and housing will be available and ready for people to move in to. The properties will be a great asset to Whaley Thorns and we will be monitoring the progress and build very closely to see if this modern method of construction is the way forward.

“There are not many Council’s doing what we are doing in terms of house building and we have already seen the benefits new council homes can bring to local communities so we will continue with our Bolsover Homes scheme and provide good quality properties in areas of need.”


Robert Woodhead Ltd would like to thank all who attended the event:

  • John Capper – MD of Oakworth Homes, timber frame manufacturer
  • Jason Redfern – Focus Consultants
  • Mike Siebert – Ecological Homes Consultancy
  • Sally Bowman – BBC
  • Representatives from Bolsover District Council
  • All at Bolsover TV