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Innovative Swansea homes development starts to take shape

SOME of the UK's most energy efficient homes are starting to take shape in Swansea.

New homes in Penderry

Scheduled for completion in the spring, Swansea Council construction work on 18 new properties off Milford Way in Penderry is now well under way.

Designed to energy efficient Passivhaus standards, the work is being funded by revenue from council rents and not from council tax.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Next Generation Services, visited the site on Thursday morning. 

She said: "The scale of the site is very impressive, with timber frames now really starting to take shape for the first new council homes in Swansea for a generation.

"Funded by council rents and not from council tax, these new Passivhaus homes will inform the specification of other council house builds in future, with planning permission already in place for a similar scheme on land off Ffordd-y-Bryn in Birchgrove.

"Not only will projects of this type address Swansea's lack of affordable housing, but their energy efficient design will also help tenants cut down on their fuel bills. 

"The Milford Way work is one of many on-going projects as we look to improve thousands of people's standards of living across Swansea."

Specialist, highly airtight doors and windows will be fitted to the new homes on Milford Way to ensure the properties meet certified Passivhaus standards. The development will be made up of ten two-bedroom homes and eight one-bedroom apartments. 

Cllr Lewis said: "As well as limiting the need for heating and helping Swansea meet its carbon emission reduction targets, this development is also boosting skills and employment in Swansea. It's our staff carrying out the construction work, with the local supply chain being used for materials wherever possible."

Other recent success stories include the completion of an £11.8m improvement of the Matthew Street blocks of high-rise flats in Dyfatty that included the installation of new kitchens and bathrooms for hundreds of residents.

Funded by council rents with financial support from the Welsh Government, the works will give each of the 120 flats at least a further 30 years of life.

More than 2,400 council homes will also benefit from new kitchens and bathrooms in the 2017/2018 financial year in areas including Cwm Felin Fach, Bonymaen, Llanllienwen, Caemawr, Clase, Birchgrove, Clydach, Craig Cefn Parc, Pontarddulais and Penllergaer.

This follows on from similar works that have been completed in areas including Penlan, Gendros and Waunarlwydd.

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