Europan Winning Scheme
Design teams were asked to design housing to comprise of 1-5 bed homes, to a maximum density of 50 units per hectare. Consider issues of sustainability, public consultation, the community, the masterplan and the changing needs of larger families of differing ethnic backgrounds when designing the homes.
Fluid worked with Loop Architecture to prepare this competition winning design. The structural scheme involved the use of prefabricated masonry panel which would be manufactured by Hanson and erected on site by mobile crane. This technology is commonly considered in Europe (notably Holland) but not yet used to a significant degree in the UK. The panels with composite insulation and lining wall would then support the new timber floors of Masonite or engineered timber construction. Where open plan layouts were required additional framing was done in high strength Kerto timbers.