Oakes Energy Services, part of Pacifica Group, is delighted to have been involved in a double award-winning housing project based in Newcastle.

Miller Partnership Architects, the architect behind the Ouseburn Road scheme, was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) after winning the RIBA Project Architect of the Year Award and the RIBA North East Award 2018.

The scheme saw the creation of two sustainable homes on Ouseburn Road, in the city, on behalf of clients Tim and Pippa Kendall and Libby Davidson. The two next door neighbours were seeking to downsize within their community and required modest accommodation that was flexible to their changing family needs, which would improve sustainability and running costs.

Oakes was involved in delivering an energy efficient heating system with the installation of a Kensa Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP). GSHP technology use underground pipes to harness natural heat from the ground that can reduce carbon emissions and produce savings on energy bills.

The two houses were constructed through Northern Bear Building Services, while engineering support was provided by JC Consulting and Alan Holmes.

Comments on the project from the judging panel included: “The design optimises the tight budget that had to include extensive retaining structures, mitigating old mining works under the site, providing deep pile ground source heating systems for both properties and underfloor heating throughout. To achieve this, a palette of robust, affordable materials such as brick, polished concrete floors and steel has been used which reflect the industrial heritage of the area.”

Jason Oakes, Founder of Oakes Energy, said: “This was an exciting project to be involved in as it is a prime example of sustainable living through GSHP technology. It was a great collaborative effort by all parties involved and Miller is fully deserving of its awards success.”

Stephen Miller, Director of Miller Partnership Architects, added: “Oakes made a positive contribution to the sustainability of this project, bringing technical expertise and a lot of practical experience to the detailed design process. They were a pleasure to work with.”

Oakes Energy Services, which is part of Houghton le Spring-based Pacifica Group, provides a range of energy efficient services to commercial and domestic applications, which includes designing and installing renewable energy systems to reduce energy consumption and bills.

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