The houses have been designed for maximum energy efficiency: they will be EPC A classified and 62% cheaper to operate. The Bonnington program is also the first of the Legal & General Modular Homes developments to offer Net Zero Regulated Carbon homes which will be 73% cheaper to operate than a standard new home. This means Bristol residents on this scheme could save up to £1,788 a year in energy bills.
Each new modular home will include solar panels, helping to reduce the carbon footprint and fuel bills of future residents, and air-source heat pumps, a low-maintenance, greener alternative to gas boilers, which will minimize energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions. The modules used to build the houses have been precision manufactured at LGMH’s factory in Selby, resulting in exceptional levels of thermal efficiency. This off-site construction means the homes have been built cleaner, faster and with less waste compared to traditional construction methods.
Residents will also benefit from improvements to bike paths, side roads and walking paths, neighborhood family play areas and a host of public transit options. Comprising both houses and apartments, 51% will be affordable housing – a mix of social rent and condominiums, with the remainder available for purchase. 93 of the homes will be delivered in partnership with GreenSquareAccord, one of the largest providers of social and care housing in England. Of these 93 dwellings, 55 are intended for social rent and 38 others for joint ownership.
The development was designed to increase the variety of plant and animal life previously found at the site, achieving a net positive gain in biodiversity of 4%. New trees are planted as part of the development and the existing wildlife corridor, community orchard and National Conservation Interest Site (SNCI) along the western boundary are protected and enhanced to create new habitats and increase the biodiversity.
Legal & General Modular Homes now has a growing pipeline of 1200 homes, with sites in Selby, North Horsham, Warminster, two sites in Kent: Littlestone and Broadstairs, as well as this program in Bristol.
The Bonnington Walk scheme was presented in conjunction with Bristol City Council as part of the Bristol Housing Festival and was widely viewed by the local community. It represents a significant new development in Bristol where Legal & General already has a significant stake through a £240m stake in Temple Quarter regeneration, a Build to Rent development and a major mixed-use scheme on Temple Island. Together with Bonnington Walk, these projects form a springboard for a long-term partnership with Bristol City Council, helping to meet the Mayor’s ambition to deliver 2,000 new homes each year, including 1,000 affordable homes by 2024. Bonnington has already been recognized by the Housing Design Awards, receiving the Masterplanning Award for Projects, and was built to the ‘Building with Nature – excellent’ standard.