Facilitating Continual improvement Various Housing Projects

Hanover Housing

Client: Hanover Housing Association

Gaia Research is working as a Sustainability Champion for Hanover Scotland Housing Association (HSHA) to assist in the development of a sustainable housing policy with a focus on adding value rather than cost.

Initially this involved working alongside a number of new build and refurbishment projects at various stages of design development and construction to provide real time advice. Gaia were able to have limited input but were able to make recommendations on some possible performance and procedural improvements.

Following discussion with a range of staff at Hanover with differing responsibilities, a briefing document was prepared, containing specific targets, to guide sustainability outcomes on Hanover projects. The briefing document was discussed with the ongoing project teams and amendments made to specifications in a number of areas.

Gaia then undertook a feasibility study and prepared a number of options for the regeneration and / or redevelopment of a specific site. Hanover adopted the proposals for new build Lifetime homes.

Gaia was able to provide advice on appointment of an architectural practice, Icosis and subsequently provided guidance on application of the sustainability brief through stages C to E. The proposals put forward to planning comprise of a mix of cottages and flats.

The project is currently out to tender and the aim now is to assist Hanover to deliver on the sustainability aspirations by providing guidance through to handover and beyond.