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Barnsley College Gets Permission For Ten Houses

Thursday January 12 2012

Barnsley College Demo Houses - Artist Perspective Barnsley College Demo Houses - Artist Perspective

TEN houses will be built on the Honeywell site of Barnsley College - but they will never be lived in.

The ten homes are going to be used as teaching aids for students to teach house building techniques from the 19th century to present day. Each house will be different, showing types of construction from 1896 to present day - students will be offered apprenticeships and will be building houses ranging from a Edwardian-style end terrace to a modern, timber framed house.

A Barnsley College spokesman said: "The process will take place in two phases, the first will involve the initial build of the houses, which are due for completion in summer 2013. Following this will be a six-month review of the development’s energy use and consumption, and then further technologies will be fitted to improve the houses’ energy efficiency.

"The houses will be used as live teaching tools for Barnsley College students, construction companies, the community and local authorities. The development is a first for Europe and will be used as an exemplar of how new building methods and technologies can make existing houses warmer and more cost effective to heat."

The houses will be built on the site of the current tennis courts. Building of the demonstration houses is planned to start at the end of the year.


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Reply Posted by Peterpstott on Thursday January 12 2012 at 12:22
a good idea me thinks, no better way to learn than to actually DO something. good on the college.!  Are they eventually gonna be taken down, and start over again so that students following on can also learn the same way, also they could teach demolition techniques as well :)

Reply Posted by Guestymcguest on Thursday January 12 2012 at 14:02
It may be that they will be eventually sold, knocking them down wouldn't be cost effective as a lot of money will be spent on the new green technology and retrofittign older houses, I've been following this for a while and it really is a good idea. Maybe Barnsley can be put on the map for something positive.

Reply Posted by Alan hall on Sunday January 15 2012 at 23:54
why not give the houses to ten of barnsleys homless people im sure they would appreciate a roof over there heads