Passivhaus development on Isle of Wight completes

Cameron Close passivhaus homes, designed by PCKO Architects

Southern Housing Group, one of the largest housing associations in the south east of England, has delivered its first ever scheme, Cameron Close, built to the PassivHaus standards, an environmentally friendly approach to building design and development in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight has been completed.   Built on a 1.5

Re-use hub for London residents opens

Southern Housing group ReUse Hub

Southern Housing Group has joined forces with Groundwork London and London Community Resource Network (LCRN) to deliver a community re-use centre at Warner Road Estate in Camberwell, London.   The programme, called Repurpose London, will see the Group open a recycling hub to offer a collection and re-sale service for its residents

Large parks are essential for happy cities

Cities should feature 'compact' development alongside large, contiguous green spaces to maximise benefits of urban ecosystems to humans, according to new research led by the University of Exeter.   More than half the world’s population now lives in cities. As numbers continue to swell, decision-makers across the globe grapple with how best

Social sector urged to snap up solar power

Solar panels

Social Enterprise and community funding organisation the Key Fund is urging charities, community businesses and Social Enterprises to take advantage of potential feed in tariff earnings and savings on their energy bills. Now the UK’s most prolific investor of its kind, Key Fund, is offering a limited blend of grant & loan

Loneliness in old age could be reduced – new report

A new report from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) finds that residential housing (retirement village) with flexible care provision (extra care) can have a major impact in promoting residents’ quality of life and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.   The report, funded by Audley Retirement and Bupa, surveyed residents of retirement villages