Leading energy, regeneration and services specialist, ENGIE, has been appointed as the lead constructor for 61 energy efficient homes and apartments by the Middlesbrough Development Company and development managers Bright Ideas.
The £6.5m scheme will consist of six three-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom houses as well as 45 two-bedroom apartments made up of three blocks of 15, all heated by Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP).
ASHPs absorb heat from the air to warm homes and provide hot water, while using minimal amounts of electricity to power the pump.
That means future residents at the Boho Village development will benefit from lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint thanks to lower emissions than a standard gas boiler.
Set to be constructed next to 10 existing homes, and the Grade II-listed Captain Cook Pub in Middlehaven, the new development will feed into the wider regeneration of the area which has been ongoing for a number of years.
Construction started on the Durham Street site in May and is scheduled to run for 16 months, with the project due for completion in Summer 2022.
As well as the 61 homes, additional works include; the building of access roads, parking, paths, green spaces and landscaping to ensure the new development is in keeping with the wider developments.
“We are delighted to be breaking ground on the Boho Village project alongside the Middlesbrough Development Company and Bright Ideas, and we are looking forward to working closely with them both.
“Using Air Source Heat Pumps to heat homes and provide hot water will benefit residents in lowering their energy bills and reducing their carbon footprint. ENGIE is committed to making a Zero Carbon future happen, and we’re pleased to bring our expertise to this development and introduce the use of low carbon heating systems in Middlesbrough.”
“Working with Bright Ideas and ENGIE on building Boho Village is another big step forward in developing a vibrant community in Middlehaven with smart, modern accommodation and top-class office space.
“We’re also very pleased that all the houses and apartments will be heated using Air Source Heat Pumps.
“We support any initiatives that will help reduce the town’s carbon footprint and future residents will also benefit from reduced heating bills as well as the knowledge that they are doing their bit to support the environment.”