Last week a group of children from Bishopton Primary School’s Biodiversity and Sustainability Group were invited to visit Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s two prototype homes, which have been launched as part of its research programme Project 2020, at its Dargavel Village development in Bishopton.
The prototypes are aimed at addressing changing customer needs, including allowing individuals to adapt their homes to their requirements. The homes are also intended to demonstrate greater build efficiency and a specification which makes substantial advances in reducing energy consumption and tackling climate change. The new sustainable prototype homes have been developed following a design competition and extensive research from around the world, including Japan, the Netherlands, Finland, France and Germany.
Photo: Children from the Bishopton Primary School Eco Committee visit the Taylor Wimpey 2020 eco homes in Dargavel
The winning design – the Infinite House – is designed to reflect changing customer lifestyles, expectations and designs, whilst benefiting the environment. In addition to high performance insulation and renewable energy technology, the houses have the potential to suit different demographics, delivering a flexible approach which enables future buyers to customise their home to specific living requirements.
As part of the visit to the prototype homes, the children from Bishopton Primary were asked to spot the differences between the typical homes that Taylor Wimpey builds at Dargavel Village and the Project 2020 homes, and also to give their views on the features of the houses.
Stephen Collins, Deputy Head Teacher at Bishopton Primary School adds: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to bring our Biodiversity and Sustainability Group to see these new prototype homes at Dargavel Village. The children were very impressed with the range of features that Taylor Wimpey is trialling and how efficiently every inch of space has been cleverly used.
“It’s been great for the children to see first-hand how we’re likely to be living in the future and the changes that developers are considering for the homes that will be built. We will be taking what we’ve seen back to the classroom to inform our learning as part of the Biodiversity and Sustainability Group, which we will share with our other classes.”
Two ‘Infinite House’ styles which are on show at Dargavel Village, Bishopton have been designed to offer easy expansions in the roofs, larger windows strategically positioned to increase daylight levels, and options to use different materials to fit the exterior of the buildings as required.
One of the homes has been built to be ‘Gold Compliant’, meaning that it is significantly more advanced than the current 2015 building standards, promoting innovation and during this research phase of the programme will allow Taylor Wimpey to gauge customer reaction to the enhanced features that it offers.
Throughout May, these two very special houses have been presented to key industry and education groups for research purposes, and customer research Open Days have also been held to capture current customer’s views.
Kirsty McGill, Head of Sales at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: “We’re thrilled that a group from Bishopton Primary’s Biodiversity and Sustainability Group were able to visit Project 2020 and give us their thoughts on our prototype designs.
“Project 2020 is about seeking out the most up-to-date research available and building homes to match how our customers want to live, by using innovative construction methods and materials that will deliver the quality they expect.
“Our research of the Infinite House types will prove invaluable in building Taylor Wimpey’s future strategies and ensure the homes that are built for the next generation of customers exceed their expectations, suit their changing lifestyles and meet the highest environmental standards.”
For further general information on Taylor Wimpey’s Project 2020 visit: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/inspire-me/sustainable-living/project-2020.