Ty Rosser Gwyn

Designed to assess the opportunities and constraints associated with three different modern methods of construction, this project will deliver twelve innovative homes for under 35s thanks to funding from the Welsh Government.

About this project

Ty Rosser Gwyn is a pilot project designed to assess the opportunities and constraints associated with three different modern methods of construction.

By delivering three different solutions on one site, to a common design and layout and a direct comparison in a homogenous environment the developer, Bron Afon Community Housing will be able to identify strength and weaknesses in each of these delivery methods to be taken into account for future development projects.

Working with contributors to the Welsh Government’s More Better report, Bron Afon identified three, timber based solutions that offer short and long-term carbon savings. The homes will be ‘manufactured’ on or very near to the site.

  • Solution 1: Modcell – uses renewable, locally sourced, carbon sequestering materials (straw and hemp) to create a negative carbon construction system
  • Solution 2: Wikihouse – a timber frame system that is made from locally sourced timber, providing again a material that sequesters carbon
  • Solution 3: SIPS –a timber based system, providing carbon negative build by sequestering carbon in the core material

Building for the under 35

Bron Afon identified a need for affordable and appropriate accommodation for under 35s in 2012-13, resulting in an 8-unit scheme – Ty Cyfle. It created a small legacy around how young people can be involved in the design of a scheme and provide them with on-going training and support. However, being a renovation project limited by the shell of a derelict building there provided only limited scope to learn from the construction methods and repeat it.

Based on this experience, Bron Afon invested into further research on the challenges, opportunities and constraints to young people’s housing and modern methods of construction. The result being a project of 12 new homes ready to go – with design, planning, land, private financing and procurement in place.

More importantly this project is poised to create a bigger legacy. From the outset, the vision has been along the lines of the More:Better report: to see each of these solutions contributing to larger and larger parts of the social housing provider's development programme – not removing traditional construction entirely, but making a sizeable, viable and sustainable alternative to it. The real success of this project will be gauged, not just on these 12 properties, but when it can be scaled up and build schemes of 24, 48, 96… units.

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