An innovative development in Cardiff has received £9 million in funding from the Welsh Government Innovative Housing Programme. The announcement, made today by the Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans, marks the second phase in the government’s 3-year Innovative Housing Programme.
The Linc Cymru (Linc) development will provide 50 new affordable homes in the centre of Cardiff and will be the first of its kind in the UK. The proposed development combines external greening in the form of vertical gardens with sustainably sourced engineered timber.
Louise Attwood, Executive Director of Property for Linc says: “We are delighted to have the funding from the Welsh Government and will be working with an expert team of professional consultants on this development including Powell Dobson Architects, Eurban (CLT specialists) and Green Infrastructure Consultancy.
This will allow us to deliver a unique project which will be great for the city and will also work towards providing more affordable housing. We are always looking for ways to use new technologies in our build but always ensuring we offer quality and sustainable homes.”
Inspired by the Bosco Verticale in Milan, each apartment will have its own balcony garden with vertical planting, as well as a two-storey sky garden for residents to share. Being able to provide residents with their own green space while living in an apartment is an exciting offer and is enabled by this unique design.
Keri Harding-Jones, Project Manager for Linc says: “Linc are fully committed to supporting Welsh Government’s target on decarbonisation; and by using sustainably sourced timber, as well as including vertical greening, we can deliver homes which help reduce carbon emissions whilst improving resident health.”
With the need for affordable housing growing at a rapid pace, innovative solutions to building are vital to providing new homes. Developments such as Linc’s proposed vertical garden apartments, are helping to build new homes at a quicker rate than traditional ways of building allow.
The Innovative Housing Programme enables housing providers like Linc to build environmentally friendly, high quality, attractive homes, that can help to reduce fuel poverty and housing inequality.