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13 April

Architype gets go-ahead for Passivhaus elderly housing scheme

St Loyes Extra Care by Architype


Architype has won planning for a £9.8 million extra-care housing project in Exeter


The 4,200m2 scheme for Exeter Council includes 53 one and two bedroom flats designed specifically for the over 60s.

According to the practice, the extra-care housing ‘offers the freedom to live independently in self-contained apartments by providing a “home-for-life” with varying levels of care and support as and when residents need it’.

The five-storey Passivhaus development will include lounges, dining rooms with roof terraces, hobby spaces, a salon and spa treatment rooms.

The scheme is expected to start on site in September.

St Loyes Extra Care by Architype

Architect’s view

The development will be built to the low-energy Passivhaus standard to reduce energy use and make the homes more affordable for tenants. The scheme adopts the council’s Design for Future Climate Change requirements to improve the resilience of the building using Exeter University’s PROMETHEUS weather data up to 2080. The scheme also takes into account Building Biology recommendations, by to reduce physical, chemical and biological risks and eliminate toxic materials and electro-magnetic radiation, which to creates a natural, healthy-living environment.

St Loyes Extra Care by Architype

Project data

Location St. Loye’s, Exeter
Type of project extra-care housing
Client Exeter City Council
Architect Architype
Project manager Arcadis
Structural engineer Price & Myers
M&E consultant E3 Consulting
Acoustician ION Acoustics
Landscape Churchman Landscape Architects
Start date on-site expected September 2016
Gross internal floor area 4,200m2
Form of contract Design & Build
Cost £9.8 million
Predicted energy demands 15kWh/m2.a (heating), 120kWh/m2.a (primary energy)
Specific environmental target Passivhaus