STUDENTS from a Denbighshire school have been given a glimpse into the future of housing with a visit to one of Wales’s first eco-friendly council estates.

Year nine pupils at Denbigh High School were given a guided tour of the Llwyn Eirin development on the town’s Henllan Street where Brenig Construction is building 22 new passivhaus homes.

Each of the timber-framed properties is cocooned inside a double wrap of strong insulation material and heated by a ground source system which taps into warmth stored over 400 feet down.

Denbighshire Free Press: Bryn Jones of Creating Enterprise with Year Nine students from Denbigh High School. Picture: Rick MatthewsBryn Jones of Creating Enterprise with Year Nine students from Denbigh High School. Picture: Rick Matthews

Heat loss from the homes, whose cavity walls are filled with small hollow balls bound together with resin, is minimal which makes them much cheaper to run than conventional housing.

Caroline Thomas, a quantity surveyor with Mochdre-based Brenig Construction, led the tour of Llwyn Eirin, the first housing estate to be built by Denbighshire County Council in over 30 years.

She said: “We have visited the school to conduct sessions about the different roles within construction and the entry routes into a career in the building industry.

 

Denbighshire Free Press: Year Nine students from Denbigh High School at Brenig Construction’s Llwyn Eirin development in Denbigh. Picture: Rick MatthewsYear Nine students from Denbigh High School at Brenig Construction’s Llwyn Eirin development in Denbigh. Picture: Rick Matthews

“Now we are taking about 24 students around Llwyn Eirin to see what it’s like on an active site and how all those different roles fit together and to look at the new and very different methods of construction that are being used here.

“These new methods will be increasingly rolled out across the UK and are very much the shape of things to come in construction because this isn’t a standard build.

“It’s also been good to see plenty of interest from girls because there are opportunities for everyone in construction and it’s good to see all the different skills that are needed.

“Brenig have tried to employ as many local companies as possible here – today we have PK Joinery, from Denbigh on site and they have 17 joiners here and it’s important to us that the local community benefits from the contracts we win.”

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Denbighshire Free Press: Caroline Thomas of Brenig Construction with students Holly Nicholson and Luke Main. Picture: Rick MatthewsCaroline Thomas of Brenig Construction with students Holly Nicholson and Luke Main. Picture: Rick Matthews

George Ryan, Denbigh High School's head of year nine, said: “The students have had a brilliant time and have been really engaged with what has been a fantastic tour.

“It’s live construction. It’s not just pictures or a video but actually seeing a site in action and this is the new age of building – low energy houses like this will be the norm in years to come.

“It’s been a really positive afternoon. This is probably the most technically advanced council housing site in Wales and we are genuinely lucky to be able to see it being built.”

Denbighshire Free Press: Brenig Construction Site Manager Dafydd Lloyd with students Millie Bowman and Rhys Roberts. Picture: Rick MatthewsBrenig Construction Site Manager Dafydd Lloyd with students Millie Bowman and Rhys Roberts. Picture: Rick Matthews