Rural Design: Low cost, energy efficient, modular terraced housing for older residents of rural areas
Building desirable low cost, energy efficient, modular terraced housing for older residents of rural areas, creating capacity for older people to move into more appropriate accomodation.
About the project
Our premise is that by creating low cost, energy-efficient but desirable single story housing at sufficient density, we can create capacity for older people to move into appropriate accommodation whilst freeing up homes for younger families.
The initial thinking is to build on learning from traditional low rise miner’s homes and more recent sheltered housing developments but utilise the latest concepts in modular construction to deliver on energy efficiency and cost targets. We envisage a modular courtyard-style development of one and two bedroom terraced homes.
The lead organisation is the Rural Design Centre. The Centre was set up as a not-for-profit company with support from key rural organisations like the NFU, CLA, local authorities and LEPs, community networks and business groups to take a new human-centred, design-led approach to rural issues.