Co-Housing Bristol Development


John Perkins Construction carried out the new build construction of seven highly-energy-efficient, timber-framed dwellings, arranged in three blocks.

This project was all about creating community. The client, Co-Housing Bristol, is a non-profit cooperative of likeminded people who choose to live closer to their neighbours, in mutually-supportive communities. For Co-Housing Bristol, the construction of these homes for their members was an 11-year vision realised.

The organisation had previously reached a dead end on procurement, with their desired development coming in over-budget. However, JPC was able to ‘workshop’ the project with Co-Housing Bristol. This involved interrogating every element of the design without changing the aesthetic appearance, in order to de-risk the project and make it affordable to them.

What was previously a patch of contaminated land, formerly used as a farmyard, was transformed into a stylish development that prioritised energy-efficiency. Despite the tight budget, the homes were built to near-Passivhaus standard, achieving airtightness values of <1 ACH (air-changes per hour), where the ACH for a typical house is 5. Furthermore, the timber-frame construction, triple-glazed windows, and installation of solar PV on the roofs, created a truly sustainable development.

The result is a group of happy residents, thriving in their new community hub, enjoying the shared gardens and close-knit atmosphere.

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Timelapse footage of the development being built …