Project Description

Shropshire Rural Housing Association approached etc Design to asist them with the design & development of their first new build housing scheme in a number of years, in the Shropshire village of Kinlet.  The local Parish Council was very keen to provide affordable housing in the village to allow workers from the local area to relocate closer to their employment, and worked alongside the team to ensure the delivered project met local needs.

Local residents identified concerns with the disruption the construction would pose to their daily lives, and as such an off-site panelised construction system was utilised which minimised time on site, minimised disruption to residents & minimised site waste, whilst providing high quality, well insulated cosy homes for the new tenants.  The scheme incorporates on site waste treatment to avoid overburdening the village facility, and gains sustainable heat via ground source heat pumps.

As the much of the local residential architecture doesn't relate well to the rural context, reference was instead drawn from local agricultural buildings with timber effect boarding and large openings to the south resembling an old barn opening which had the dual function of reinforcing the rural style, and providing passive solar heating to the homes.  Steep roof pitches again reinforce the rural feel, whilst lowering the eaves height keeps the overall building heights down to avoid overshadowing any adjacent buildings.

Shropshire Rural Housing Association

Number of Houses

Construction Cost

Project Team
Architects: etc Design Ltd, Structural Engineer: Chmiel Overton