Innovative new homes reach a step closer to completion in South Wales

6th November 2018

An innovative project in Garndiffaith, South Wales is closer to completion after a topping out ceremony was held on the roof to celebrate the development reaching the highest point of its construction. The 12 new homes for residents aged 35 and under are being built by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE, on behalf of Bron Afon Community Housing.

The project, which is being funded by £1.48m from the Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme, is a key part of Bron Afon’s response to the increasing challenges faced by young people who are unable to access affordable housing.

Alan Brunt, Chief Executive of Bron Afon, said: “This is really good news. These homes are special and it’s exciting that we are able to try out something new. These homes will be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than anything we have built before.

“We have used three different sustainable methods of construction - one using structurally insulated panels and two others using straw. However, don’t imagine that you’ll be able to blow these houses down!

“The housing crisis in Wales particularly affects people under 35. These 12 high quality new homes will be affordable for under 35s and young families. We are proud to be working with our partners, playing our part to help fix the housing crisis.”

Andrew Dix, Contracts Manager for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: “It’s exciting to have reached this key milestone and see the project coming together. This development will provide a unique offering for young people who are looking for affordable and sustainable housing to settle down in.

“The eco-friendliness of these homes and the methods used to create them have enabled us to truly capitalise on our expertise and partnerships with the local supply chain. We are extremely proud of what has been built here and are looking forward to completion.”

Councillor David Daniels, Executive Member for Communities, Housing and Anti-Poverty, said: "We all know there is a housing crisis in Wales, living anywhere affordable has become more of a challenge for everyone. These 12 homes will make a real difference to young people who want to live in Torfaen.

“Building to be sustainable, using innovative materials and techniques means that not only does this site help tackle the housing crisis it helps have a limited impact on the environment.

“Torfaen, Bron Afon, Welsh Government and ENGIE have all worked as a fantastic team. I am looking forward to seeing the final product and meeting its new residents when it is completed."

The homes will be completed in early 2019.