Great Bow Yard | Somerset

“Beautifully put together, excellent examples of just how environmentally well thought out a house can be.”
– Kevin McCloud, The Sunday Times

Completed in 2006, Great Bow Yard in Langport, Somerset is a development of 12 homes comprising a mix of houses and flats.

The development features 2 terraces arranged around a landscaped area adjoining a small river. Construction is a mixture of brick, timber frame and structural insulated panels (SIPs). The brickwork uses reclaimed bricks and lime mortar. Timber is FSC and PEFC certified with the cedar cladding sourced from South Wales. 50% of the insulation is cellulose sandwiched within the SIPs. PVC is restricted to use in SVPs and rainwater tank connections. Plywood is used in lieu of MDF and natural paints have been used throughout.

The north wing of the development includes the use of sunspaces to optimise the solar gain available by enabling pre-heated ventilation and providing buffer space and draught lobbies. The ‘renewables’ content is provided by both solar thermal panels and PV panels.

Housing Design Awards 2006 – Exhibition of Excellence
What House Awards 2006 – Gold Award, Best Sustainable Development
Building for Life 2007 – Gold Standard
RICS Awards 2008 South West – Finalist, Community Benefit
RICS Awards 2008 South West – Winner, Building Regeneration
RICS Awards 2008 South West – Winner, Sustainability
RICS Awards 2008 South West – Project of The Year
RICS National Awards 2008 – Finalist
Somerset Building Awards 2008 – Commendation for Restoration and Conservation of a listed building

Contract Sum: £1.5 m