RTPI president visits Dargavel Village prototype homes

Ian Tant and right Graeme Oswald

ROYAL Town Planning Institute (RTPI) president Ian Tant has visited Taylor Wimpey’s ‘transformational’ Project 2020 site at Dargavel Village in Bishopton.

The Dargavel Village masterplan was a winner at this year’s UK Royal Town Planning Awards. Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey West Scotland facilitated a tour of two prototype homes that form part of a construction trial.

The prototypes focus on changing customer needs, with features that allow individuals to adapt homes to their own requirements. The homes are also intended to demonstrate greater build efficiency and advances in reducing energy consumption.

The homes have been developed following a design competition and research from around the world. The winning design – the Infinite House – is designed to benefit the environment and also reflect changing lifestyles, expectations and designs. Two ‘Infinite House’ styles on show at Dargavel Village offer easy expansions in the roofs, larger windows to increase daylight levels, and were built using new materials.

One of the homes has been built to be ‘Gold Compliant’, meaning it is significantly more advanced than the current 2015 building standards.

Graeme Oswald, design & planning manager at Taylor Wimpey said, “Over the past few months, we have welcomed a number of key industry groups to our Project 2020 prototype homes, and we have been very encouraged by the reaction and positive feedback that we have received. It was especially pleasing to learn that the overall masterplan at Dargavel Village has itself won industry recognition as this year’s UK Royal Town Planning Awards, and of course a real honour to welcome Ian Tant, RTPI president to see our prototype homes for himself.

“These prototypes 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.”

Ian Tant said, “I was delighted to be shown around the Project 2020 homes at Dargavel Village. It’s great to see Taylor Wimpey investing in rethinking the design, energy systems and construction processes of new homes. I look forward with interest to seeing the tried and tested aspects of Project 2020 entering the mainstream of Taylor Wimpey’s activities.”