Affordable energy efficient homes – Bicker Phase III

Affordable energy efficient homes – Bicker Phase III

Affordable Energy Efficient Homes Achieve 3 Star Rating

This innovative project involved the use of a highly energy efficient Swedish timber frame system for four 3 bedroom and eight 2 bedroom semi-detached homes.

Achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 the project has been a success for all parties involved.

The project not only showcases some of the best eco-friendly build technology available, it is also a testament to successful partnering and open book negotiations. Working closely with the client, Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association, and the contract administrator, Andrew Marston Associates; Woodheads have completed a project that emphasises the benefit of all parties committing to a Partnering Charter.

Woodhead’s Head of Business Development, Glenn Slater, says: “This project was a great success for us and one that we are very proud of, not least because we achieved all the targets for energy efficiency that will save residents money on heating bills, but also because we built them in 29 weeks, one week ahead of time.”


Key Features of the Project

  • Offsite Construction: the timber frame system was supplied complete with pre-installed windows, doors and timber cladding, render board & pre-fabricated bathroom pods and staircases
  • Mechanical Ventilation & Heat Recovery: the house ventilation system provides a healthy flow of warm filtered air
  • Air Management: highly insulated walls, floors and ceilings with triple glazed windows created a very tight structure with minimal amount of heating required.
  • Solar Heating: solar panels were installed for hot water heating further improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint.
  • Winner FMB Master Build of the Year 2008 – Yorkshire & Trent Region
  • Winner Constructing Excellence – Integration & Collaborative Working – East Midlands Regional Awards

Client Comments:

“According to the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group around 4.5 million households in England will end up in fuel poverty this year. The Bicker project is part of our ongoing strategy to develop affordable rural housing that contributes to people’s quality of life by providing a warm and healthy environment that shuts the door on ‘heat or eat’ concerns.”

John Howes, Lincolnshire Rural Housing Association