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Workington property design revealed

28 Oct 2010, 11:41

An exhibition is being held in Manchester showcasing a new housing concept used on a property featured on Channel 4's Grand Designs.

Developed by Alan Dawson Associates with support from Centre for Construction Innovation North West, Adaptahaus offers an engineered solution to high volume house production and provision.

The concept creates sustainable, high performance homes and buildings, which comply with the current energy and environmental requirements.


Alan Dawson built the first house using the concept as his own, which is located in Workington in Cumbria and featured on the property programme on Wednesday.

ADA started work in a factory in January this year and commenced ground works at the site in the same month. Work subsequently started on site in April and took three and a half weeks to complete.

Alan Dawson, managing director of ADA, said: "We are pleased to be working with CCINW in helping to bring our housing solution to market. The support has given us access to some of the industry's leading architects and developers searching for the latest housing innovations."

Dawson said the Adaptahaus concept is entirely flexible in the arrangement of the room layouts; no internal walls are structural. During the lifetime of the house it can be reconfigured to suit changing family circumstances. He said it is achieved by an accessible void in which tail ends of all services can be connected together, then to be covered over, for subsequent easy access, by attractive duct covers.

Tim Whitehill, project manager at CCINW, added: "In the UK we currently have a deficit of homes and those that are being built need to be more sustainable, to achieve zero carbon standards by 2016. The way in which Adaptahaus is designed and developed ensures that as the family grows, so does the house. This is an exceptional environmental benefit, which has helped the house achieve level 4 of the Code for Sustainable homes.

"By featuring the house on Grand Designs and holding an exhibition at the CUBE, visitors can experience first hand how every component from the solar thermal panels and photovoltaics, to the ground source heat pumps and wind turbines, come together to create a highly sustainable house, which above all functions as a home."

The exhibition is being held until Tuesday 9 November from 4-6pm at The Cube Gallery on Portland Street. Call Tim Whitehill on 0161 295 5076 for more details.

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beautiful pictures - especially the first one…

comment by steve | 28/10/2010 12:10:39

I want one - they are eco friendly as well as looking great!…

comment by Stephen | 28/10/2010 12:10:44

I agree, very nice…

comment by Stefan | 28/10/2010 17:12:13

Great idea - still looks like an office from the outside though.....…

comment by Mark | 29/10/2010 11:35:17

What a top man Alan Dawson is, in many respects whilst nothing like him Alan reminds me of Fred Dibnah, a genius engineer, the best of British…

comment by Mark Roberts | 31/10/2010 11:21:59

Brilliant concept for home or office. Alan put everything into his home,technical skills,imagination,selflessness (as a project to employ his staff),but above all a Love of buildings.He proved that "problems are only solutions in disguise"…

comment by Colin Antwis ,Mold. | 02/11/2010 09:25:03

Allan you are a gen1ous the des1gn and the construct1on on Grand Des1gns were br1ll1ant 1 watched 1t from Barbados and thought 1t was the best ep1sode 1n the ser1es!!1 would love one.…

comment by Sue Thorley | 08/01/2012 18:35:50

brilliant design, wish i could have been involved with the construction of it, having worked in the fabrication business for 38 years. making improvised enclosures for the armed forces with salvaged materials from scrap skips more than once while on exercise with the REME. after seeing this i will definately go for my small prototype idea and hope its end result is viable …

comment by Michael Faherty | 08/01/2013 12:33:20





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