Preet Kaur Gill, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, handed over the keys to the new tenants of 12 maisonettes on Friday (14 October). These are the first homes to meet the Future Homes Standard in the country, built and managed by Midland Heart.
The 12 maisonettes on Slim Place, Edgbaston, part of Midland Heart’s ‘Project 80’, will use up to 80% less carbon than conventional homes during the build and life cycle of the properties. The homes use a combination of innovative building materials and technologies in delivering some of the most carbon efficient homes in the country.
Project 80 is an exciting partnership between Midland Heart, BM3 Architects, Tricas Construction, Birmingham City University and The Building Alliance which is building the first homes in the UK to meet the Government’s 2025 Future Homes Standard. Project 80 is spread across two sites, Eco Drive in Handsworth, and Slim Place in Edgbaston.
Preet Gill, MP for Birmingham Edgbaston said, “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The Labour Party is calling for a ‘Green Industrial Revolution” to not only mitigate the impact of climate change, but to deliver the green jobs and technology that will support our economy in the future. It’s great to see Midland Heart, a local business, leading the way and bringing the homes of the future to Edgbaston.”
Midland Heart’s Executive Director of Finance and Growth, Joe Reeves said, “It’s a real pleasure to welcome Preet to our Project 80 development on Slim Place, Edgbaston. Midland Heart is keen to be at the forefront of future building standards that will serve to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. This is critical at a time when households are experiencing high fuel costs. We believe Project 80 is an exemplar of how to promote sustainable housing building whilst supporting tenants with affordable heat as well as affordable rent”