‘Denton Holme’, Carlisle

The Denton Holme Student Village scheme is a two-phase delivery of sustainable, affordable student living accommodation for the University of Cumbria. Phase I consists of 249 rooms, arranged within 25 self catering town houses with each house accommodating up to 12 residents. The timber frame construction used the latest in modular, closed panel, offsite manufacturing meaning external wall walls, floors and roof elements arrived pre-finished, fire proofed and ready to be installed on an extremely short construction programme.

Social living is key to the lifestyle philosophy, with communal areas provided both internally and externally as well as live time displays of energy use and water use so residents can work together to lower consumption and save utility bills. The energy strategy for the development used ultra efficient gas fired boilers, which preheats water from heat recovered in flue gases, as well as roof mounted Solar Thermal Panels and thermal stores within each townhouse.

Further heat was recycled via waste water from the showers, which preheats supply water within the same shower. Further sustainable measures included water efficient devices installed throughout the development, Green Guide ‘A’ rated and Responsibly Sourced products for the vast majority of building materials and a natural ventilation strategy adopted for the whole development.

Key facts

– 44% saving in carbon emissions
– 73% reduction in energy demand
– Brownfield Site, close to transport links & local amenities
– Enhanced ecology and biodiversity across the site.
– Construction waste limited to <6.5 tonnes per 100sq.m - First BREEAM 2011 'Outstanding' building