Anita Conway: Making households for now and for the potential

Immediately after just about 18 months where by we have used significantly far more time in our residences than anyplace else, we will all have strong opinions on the excellent and lousy of dwelling design and style.

No matter whether it is a silent put to get the job done – or most likely get away from perform – storage space, new air, fantastic heating and insulation, there may possibly be one thing you want could be completed superior in your property.

At Radius we take into account these points just about every working day and actively appear for answers that will assist us assemble sustainable and relaxed residences which are in shape for now and long into the long term. New create criteria have improved considerably in latest yrs, and social housing need to meet the specifications set by the Office for Communities.We have taken individuals substantial requirements as a least as we innovate in the way we assemble our houses to make sure that sustainability and electrical power performance are central.

Local climate improve and the sustainability agenda are now front and centre of our improvement projects. Strength efficiency is a critical section of the new electrical power method, and we are now functioning in direction of establishing new develop households to Vitality Overall performance Certificate ratings of A. This will assist participate in a aspect in tackling climate change and make sure that our tenants help save on vitality payments.

We are also looking at how we can be progressive with place, as the functioning from property observe will turn into an improved element of how corporations run. So we are seeking to utilise spaces, such as below stair spots, as adaptable work stations.

Key to top quality new establish housing is not just how the area within is managed, but also outside the house. From non-public yard house to community open up parts and planting tasks, we look at this a critical component of the progress, knowing it will have a good effect and will endorse healthful lifestyles.

Standard housing developments are commonly defined as possibly social or private. But with a competitive personal income market place, many younger people and people have struggled to get started with property possession, and have been caught in a cycle of non-public rental.

In modern developments, these as Blacks Gate in Belfast and Cappagh Eco-friendly in Portstewart, we have produced affordable properties for private sale, set at a competitive price tag for the buyer. The demand for these homes has been substantial, and now non-public and social residences sit facet by side in these developments, which have been named tenure blind or mixed tenure.


Mixed tenure is central to the long term of new dwelling constructing as we begin to see a bigger hunger for tenure option throughout Northern Eire.

While Radius has created combined tenure a vital part of new assignments, it will become a lot more widespread as area councils finalise their improvement programs and social/economical housing provision will be a needed element of all new housing tasks. As we see it, this is a thing to be embraced by home builders.

Getting equipped to call a household a dwelling is now additional vital than at any time as men and women devote extra time in their properties. Sustainability and strength efficiency are key factors and certainly criteria for new houses.

The productive use of house, inside of and out contributes to increasing in how we are living and operate and at Radius we goal to innovate and provide households which fulfills the requires of all our tenants and new household entrepreneurs.

:: Anita Conway is director of progress at Radius Housing