Passivhaus Affiliate

LoCo Cohousing gear up to build Colchester Passivhaus development.

LoCo Cohousing has acquired Cannock Mill, a grade II listed building in Old Heath, Colchester. Not an ideal site for a Passivhaus project you may initially think, but the building comes with two acres of land; prime location for building Passivhaus cohousing. Planning permission has already been granted to conserve the Mill and build 23 homes.

In cohousing, people have their own homes and share common facilities. That demands a design to support the social model, which is one reason why this site is ideal; it already has a natural focus on the listed Mill, which we intend to use as our common house.... We want to see if we can build to Passivhaus and Lifetime Homes standards, in a contemporary style. Any buildings close to the Mill will respect its historic qualities. Anne Thorne, acting Architect for the scheme & LoCo member

Cannock Mill, is in the Bourne Valley, a green oasis within a mile of Colchester’s centre.  Its history gives a real sense of place. Anne Thorne, is acting as the architect for the scheme and a member of LoCo. 

Acquiring a site is a momentous event for a cohousing group. We now have our location, location, location and, as we enter an exciting new phase in our project, we hope that this beautiful site, along with our ethos and values, will encourage more people to join us. Sue York, LoCo Chair


Further Information:

LoCo Cohousing

Another example of UK Passivhaus Cohousing - Lancaster Cohousing Project


29th July 2014

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