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Merton Rise Phase 1

Merton Rise lies on the northern edge of Basingstoke, to the north west of Popley, between the A340 in the west and Chineham Lane in the East. The site extends to 53.2 acres and is owned by Hampshire County Council.
The vision for Merton Rise establishes a strategy for distinct and inter-related character areas across the site, each of which arising as a direct response to its location and context. Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design were masterplanners for the neighbourhood.
In June 2006 we were appointed as architects for Parcel 1a, which lies within the ‘Eastern Edge’ of Merton Rise and will create the first, landmark phase of the new development, playing an important role in establishing the design quality threshold that will set the standard for subsequent phases of the scheme.
The scheme provides 79 family homes built by Miller Homes (Southern), arranged in two parcels facing out towards the spine road with secure courtyards to the rear providing access to car parking and garages. Feature buildings mark the intersection between principal routes, with variations in house types enhanced through a palette of corner windows, located so as to maximise views. A vibrant skyline is created using monopitch roofs.
Working with Miller Homes, we are market-testing three identical units to meet Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The envelope of our Code Level 4 home is based on a traditional cavity wall construction but with an increased insulation zone, with a concrete mix skim coat over the internal leaf to provide improved air tightness. Windows are double glazed low-e units in a wooden frame. Heating is via a traditional wet system served by a high efficiency boiler. The high thermal mass of the building is cooled by a mechanical heat recovery ductwork system that serves all rooms.
The Code Level 5 house is constructed using Kingspan TEK SIPS Panels. Two panels form the external wall with a plasterboarded internal finish. Air tightness is im...


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