Conran's eco-homes plan for Norwich

Top designer Sir Terence Conran has had a hand in proposals for an eco-development in Norwich.

Top designer Sir Terence Conran has had a hand in proposals for an eco-development in Norwich.

Leading architects firm Conran and Partners, of which the style and food guru is chairman, is working with Abel Developments on plans to build 22 eco-homes on the site of Littlewood House in School Road, Drayton.

The house has long been boarded up and is a regular target for arsonists and vandals.

But Tony Abel, managing director of Abel Homes, has big plans for the 20-acre site and said: “We are looking at lots of different things to increase the eco-friendliness of our homes, including water recycling facilities and solar panels.”

Mr Abel said they would be looking at using geo-thermal heat pumps for space heating and cooling, as well as water heating.

The proposed timber-framed houses will be so well insulated and airtight that in theory no central heating is needed, and solar collectors will provide most of the hot water.

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Harvested rainwater from underground tanks will be used for flushing toilets and watering gardens.

Wymondham-based Matthew Wood, architectural director of Conran and Partners, said: “This project will be raising the bar in this sector, for national and regional house-builders alike, showing that well-designed and environmentally responsible homes will become the norm rather than the exception.”

Mr Abel plans to put a planning application into Broadland District Council for the site by the autumn.

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