QODA has been appointed by Central Bedfordshire Council to provide Passivhaus consultancy for the development’s design and construction stages through to final certification.

The care home includes 72 ensuite bedrooms for older people plus an 8-bed short break facility for adults with physical and learning disabilities, with the independent living scheme consisting of 88 apartments. The central hub serves the residents of the whole building and the public, including a restaurant, salon, and treatment rooms. Whilst being employed client side, we are working closely with the contractor’s architects and multidisciplinary team, Ingleton Wood and the MEP consultants, JB Hopkins.

The planning stage design for the large site was undertaken by Oliver & Robb Architects who have incorporated private areas in the form of courtyards and balconies with sensitively articulated facades within the design. All this architectural delight comes with a multitude of thermal bridges to floors, walls, and roofs, which have been assessed and included in the PHPP, Passivhaus compliance software. Central to the design process is the residents’ health and comfort, which is the essence of the Passivhaus approach incorporating high levels of insulation and excellent ventilation. When the village opens it will provide much-needed community facilities for people living nearby.