Lilac Co-Housing project

Lilac Co-Housing project
Written by Allan Sutherland

Lilac, 20 households of affordable co-housing made with pre-fab Modcell straw panels in 2013 designed by White Design


Ort:Leeds Fertigstellung:2013 Bauweise:Pre-fab Entwurf & Planung:White Design Besichtigung:Nein Pressebilder:Nein
Wohnnutzfläche:1500m2 U-Wert (Wand):W/m2K U-Wert (Dach):W/m2K Kategorien: Prefab Straw Bale, Projects UK, Straw Bale Lighthouse Project, Straw Bale Roof,

Lilac (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) the UK’s first affordable co-housing project, a community of 20 strawbale eco-build households in West Leeds designed by White Design. The homes and land are managed by residents through a Mutual Home Ownership Society, a pioneering financial model that ensures permanent affordability. It began with a group of five Leeds residents, interested in the idea of building their own homes so they could live and bring up their children in a different way. After 3 years of intensive research and planning with help from additional members, they set up Lilac Mutual Home Ownership Society Ltd (MHOS) as a registered Co-operative Society. Building commenced in 2012 after the group (now much bigger) procured a builder and architect and raised development capital. They used pre-fabricated straw panels from Modcell, building houses and blocks of flats, a central Common House (with shared post room, kitchen, dining room, multifunction rooms, office, workshop and laundry facilities), bike sheds, a pond, allotments and communal gardens and play area. Building was completed in 2013 and the first wave of residents moved in, May 2013.

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Allan Sutherland