Eco-friendly houses at West Vale reach next milestone


Our 88-home West Vale scheme is progressing at pace and last month the twenty-six new affordable, green, family houses there took a big step forward.

We are working with contractor Caddick Construction to deliver our flagship development at the gateway to Oldham.

In February the project reached its latest milestone, with work completed to make all the three and four-bedroom houses watertight, ready for joinery, electrical, and plumbing trades to progress inside, along with plaster boarding.

West Vale development site

Like all homes underway at West Vale, the houses are off gas and built with a raft of measures to make them environmentally friendly and help households save energy and money when they move in.

The timber frame system has the advantage of sustainable, superior factory-built quality combined with high specification insulation. In use, the design will help residents to heat their homes for less and keep them warm for longer.

As a low carbon alternative to a gas boiler, each house will be equipped with an air source heat pump for heating and hot water, and electric vehicle charging points are planned to help homeowners reduce their emissions even further.

We are on track to take handover of the completed houses in September, ready for owners to pick up their keys in the autumn.

All 26 houses at West Vale are for shared ownership under our Fabric Living brand, helping local people to get a foot on the housing ladder at an affordable price. Read more about Fabric Living and how to enquire about shared ownership homes at West Vale.

Elsewhere on site at West Vale, construction of the 62-home apartment block is making strides too. The concrete frame is now complete and work to fit the steel framing system to the façade is underway, along with brickwork and window installation.

Joel Owen our Director of Development said: “Sustainability is an important part of our plans at West Vale and it’s fantastic to see these great, new green houses reach this important point.

“All properties at West Vale will deliver important cost and energy saving benefits to residents and customers, as well as support the environment and help meet net zero carbon targets.

“The project will set the standard for future new developments and help shape our future plans to build more much-needed new housing locally.”

Dave Saville, Regional Managing Director of Caddick Construction North West comments: “Embedding sustainable practices throughout our operations from design features and materials, right through to our supply chain partners, is very important to us at Caddick.

"We’re thrilled to be working with like-minded developers, such as FCHO to put our shared values into practice at West Vale. Not only can we deliver these much-needed homes for the local community, but the sustainable design equips the buildings for the future.”