Shire were appointed as Structural Consultants to the “Eco Vicarages” projects for the Diocese of Worcester. The project included an extension to the Archdeacon’s House and two new build Vicarages.
The project includes the following buildings:
The Archdeacon’s House, Whittington (extension)
The Vicarage, Church Road, Webheath (new build)
The Vicarage, Penzer Street, Kingswinford (new build)
The extension to the Archdeacon’s House was completed in 2010. The remaining sites completed in January 2011.
The buildings were been designed to Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and adopt the key concepts from PassivHaus including thermal mass, air tightness and insulation levels. The houses are expected to be the first to achieve both Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes and PassivHaus Accreditation. The design included rainwater harvesting, solar thermal technology, photovoltaics, high levels of insulation and “Rehau” mechanical ventilation.