Bicester (United Kingdom) 2021
Birmingham City University (United Kingdom)
The project aims to develop a whole house timber frame self-build system with a high environmental performance constructed from locally sourced materials.
The first phase of the project aimed to develop a house type and timber frame system suited to self-build construction. A group of 18 students visited Cherwell Council for a briefing, the project site in Bicester and the Graven Hill self-build site. Returning to Birmingham, the project was developed in three stages:
1. Research in self-build construction, timber frame construction systems, low carbon technical solutions and healthy materials.
2. Design and resolution of a repeatable house type suited to the site.
3. Exploration of technical resolution through a full-scale mock-up of the system.
A house type and timber frame system was developed that aimed for Passivhaus equivalence using sustainable materials, tested through a 1:1 mock up. A subsequent Technical Investigation module built on the successful Co.LAB from the previous academic year. The Technical investigation continued the collaboration with the Build! team to refine a realisable, affordable self-build housing solution. This stage of the project set out to address issues with the system and prototype key junctions of the self-build system at 1:2 scale as proof of concept.
Build!, Cherwell District Council
Ecological Building Systems, material supplier; Clancy Consulting, engineering services
Matthew Jones; Ana Rute Costa; Alessandro Columbano
Sofia Anne Browning; Ruby Louise Phelps; Harpinder Kaur Sihra; Mayce Arebi; Saylah Hussain; Sabrina Dalvair; Rameetha Hussain; Alina Rafiq; Charlie Cummins; Paula Fernandez Cavadas; Rima Kabakebbji; Walae Hassan; Kacper Ziarniecki; Abrar Abdulla Saad; Vania Colleen Joseco; Lucy Gakunga; Byron Tat Yan Chan; Hannah Boland; Miya Davies – Patel; Clement Ellewelapahalage; Nirayan Patel; Younes Dehairi; Laura Viterbo; Jordan Leigh Pardoe; Ritesh Mistry; Victoria Miller
The project aims to develop a whole house timber frame self-build system with a high environmental performance constructed from as locally sourced materials as possible. It aims to address the following questions: