Derelict properties transformed into ‘eco-homes’

A £4m housing scheme on Liverpool's Boot Estate has transformed 74 condemned properties into state-of-the-art eco-homes.

Liverpool Mutual Homes has overhauled the three-bedroom properties in Broad Lane and Winskill Road as part of the Ellergreen Development.

The project was financed via resources from LMH, funds from the Community Energy Saving Programme – a subsidy from an energy company in return for carbon reduction savings – and a £750,000 contribution from Liverpool City Council.

The homes feature a range of green technologies that will reduce fuel bills and cut carbon emissions by 3,000 tonnes, making them more efficient than new build house regulations demand.

Solar panels have been fitted to some roofs to provide electricity and 'A' rated double-glazed windows and doors installed to retain heat.

Ventilation heat recovery systems and LED lights were fitted to a selection of properties.

New roofs were fitted and lofts insulated. Electrics were re-wired while dual-flush cisterns and efficient taps have been installed to reduce water consumption.

Top specification central heating systems add to the energy efficiency.

Properties were stripped out and remodelled to meet modern needs with open-plan living designs, utility rooms and downstairs toilets introduced.

Boot EstateThe properties were consigned for demolition in 2000 due to structural defects being identified.

LMH began a programme of bringing empty homes back into use after taking over management of Liverpool City Council's remaining 15,000 homes in 2008.

Central to the work was the use of a special cladding to wrap the properties to make them structurally secure, improve their appearance, and provide thermal insulation.

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these look fantastic. what an excellent, practical and sustainable approach! its a shame that the Welsh Streets plans are not following this simple model!

By formerly devastated

I agree surely this would be a great compromise for the Welsh streets? Even I know this!

By Bob Dawson

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