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Housing Development Scheme, Carmarthenshire

This project was for a new residential development scheme of three dwellings in the village of Bethlehem, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in an outstanding landscape setting.

Each unit has the rear section of the garage designed as a plant room and is equipped with a 2-9 KW Biotech Toplight Biomass boiler that supplies space heating (under floor) and DHW complemented by Solar Thermal.

The design quality of recent developments in Bethlehem has generally been mediocre and of a suburban character. The scheme sets new standards of development in the area, both in terms of design and sustainability. The existing local vernacular consists of buildings with simple, orthogonal floor plates and rendered walls set below slate roofs.