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53 Passivhaus homes given green light for Exeter's Extra Care scheme

St Loye’s Extra Care Scheme, a new £9.8 million development by Exeter City Council, has recently been granted planning permission.  Extra Care housing provides independant living in self-contained apartments for older people who have a range of care needs, with varying levels of support as and when residents need it.

The scheme will provide 53 homes affordable apartments aiming to achieve the Passivhaus standard with the overall objective to reduce energy use and make the homes more affordable for tenants. The 5 storey development, designed by PHT Patron member Architype, includes lounges, dining rooms with roof terraces, hobby spaces, salon and spa treatment rooms and landscaped gardens.  The fully inclusive, dementia friendly scheme allows older residents to retain their independence as well as remain firmly connected to their local community.

Exeter City Council is leading the way once again in planning for a high-quality, Passivhaus Extra Care development offering the best to the city's older residents.

Cllr Rachel Sutton, Portfolio Holder for City Development


Project Info

  • Start date on-site expected: September 2016
  • Total Units: 53 x 1-2 bed apartments
  • Gross internal floor area: Approx 4200m2
  • Construction Type: In Situ concrete walls and precast concrete floor planks
  • Form of contract / procurement: Design & Build 
  • Cost: £9.8m 
St Loyes Extra Care Housing, Exeter. Architype
St Loyes Extra Care Housing, Exeter. Architype St Loyes Extra Care Housing, Exeter. Architype

St Loyes Extra Care Housing for Exeter City Council. All image credits: Architype.

The scheme will also adopt the council’s Design for Future Climate Change requirements to improve the resilience of the building using Exeter University’s PROMETHEUS weather data up to 2080. Building upon the high quality comfort & healthy internal enviroment provided by the Passivhaus standard, the development will also take into account Building Biology recommendations, to reduce physical, chemical and biological risks, eliminate toxic materials & electromagnetic radiation.

By 2030 we expect there to be an additional 7,000 older people in Exeter and a third of these will be over 85 years of age. The Devon Commissioning Strategy for Extra Care Housing identified a need for 150 units in Exeter in 2008. This need will have increased in the last 8 years. There are currently no Extra Care schemes in the city and this will be the first one in Exeter.

Cllr Rob Hannaford, Lead Councillor for the Housing Revenue Account


Key Team

  • Client: Exeter City Council

  • Architects: Architype

  • Project Managers: Arcadis

  • Structural Engineers: Price & Myers

  • M&E consultant: E3 Consulting

  • Acousticians: ION Acoustics

  • Landscape: Churchman Landscape Architects


Further Information


18th April 2016

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