Brookside Meadows is an award winning scheme of 8 affordable rented family homes built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 standards. The 3 and 4 bed homes were the first development by Northampton Borough Council in more than 20 years and heralded a new era of affordable housing developments for the council. The new housing occupies a former garage site in the Kings Heath area of Northampton which formed a gap between the existing developments on Woodside Way and Brookside Meadows, an area previously blighted by crime and anti-social behaviour. The brief was to provide family homes to join these two areas together. Following a design competition Baily Garner were commissioned as Architects by the Council, designing the dwellings to fit into a compact site but also providing a spacious environment, whilst addressing the needs of a high-end code project.
The most evident features of the houses are the numerous photovoltaic panels on each dwelling, providing renewable energy to each household. Not so evident, but equally important, were high performance timber frame solutions providing excellent thermal properties, triple glazing, MVHR units installed within the roof space, together with a rainwater harvesting system, each contributing to a sustainable development reducing its carbon footprint, energy and water usage, coupled with cheaper bills for the residents.
The scheme was voted best project in the Sustainable Smaller Housing Category at the 2011 Inside Housing Sustainable Housing Awards. “It was comprehensive in the way they approached it. They achieved a lot and they were good looking properties as well” Inside Housing’s Sustainability Supplement – 4 November 2011.