Award-winning Social Housing Development

A social housing development of 13 ultra-low energy homes, designed and built to the Passivhaus standard by our Flying Factory partner, Canna Developments. The homes all boast high levels of insulation, performance windows and Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR).
Prisoners helped to construct this award-winning social housing scheme
Made In The UK
Newydd Housing Association
No of Units
Flying Factory Partner
Canna Developments
Delivery Method
<1 ACH@50pa
U-Values - Walls and Roof
U-Values - Floor

Cwrt Canna is an award-winning £3.4 million development of 13 highly energy efficient homes.

The 4 x one-bedroom apartments, 8 x two- and three-bedroom houses and 1 x two-bedroom bungalow were built to resemble a collection of farm buildings, set around a central courtyard space.

An exemplar of affordable and beautiful rural housing that delivers environmentally and socially. The project supports and enhances a local community; it is literally life-changing
The Judging Panel
Inside Housing Development Awards

Energy efficiency and thermal comfort

Built by our Flying Factory partner, Canna Developments, for our client, Newydd Housing Association, Cwrt Canna is an award-winning social housing development located in Llangan, Wales. The scheme was named ‘Best Affordable Housing Development (under £5 million)’ at the Inside Housing Development Awards 2022 and won the category for ‘Delivering High Quality Homes’ at the Welsh Housing Awards.

Cwrt Canna ticks all the boxes for ‘beautiful and functional’ housing. However, the judges felt the environmental and social value benefits of the scheme elevated it above and beyond a traditional housing development. First and foremost, the homes have been constructed to the Passivhaus standard, which can dramatically cut energy bills and curtail carbon emissions – two very important considerations for housing providers that want to combat climate change and tackle fuel poverty.

An award-winning social housing development that raises living standards

Modelled in the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) and constructed around a sustainable timber frame, the homes at Cwrt Canna are astonishingly energy efficient. As a result, Passivhaus raises living standards and can even help to lift families out of fuel poverty. Residents will enjoy comfortable temperatures and there will be no problems with damp and mould.

Furthermore, a highly efficient and inexpensive Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) system provides the residents with a continuous supply of warm, filtered fresh air that’s free from dust, allergens and airborne pollutants.

Creating social value through a prisoner rehabilitation scheme

Social value was a hugely important part of this project. The proposals included a prisoner rehabilitation scheme, a community engagement programme, training and apprenticeships. The Covid-19 pandemic delayed the day release aspect of the project. However, it started again later in the year. In total, we employed 8 prisoners from HMP Parc and 12 prisoners from HMP Prescoed to fabricate timber modules. Canna Developments has since employed 3 of these individuals. Canna Developments hired two people involved in the scheme on full-time contracts, and a third person as a site foreman.

Taking on apprentices that had lost their work placements

Unfortunately, many apprentices lost their work placements due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, they were able to take advantage of the apprenticeship opportunities at Cwrt Canna. As of March 2022, 6 apprentices completed a total of 298 apprenticeship weeks. Of these, one continues to work as an apprentice on-site and three have found full-time employment.

More than a social housing development

Cwrt Canna is adjacent to Llangan Primary School where activities are taking place in partnership with Canna Developments. What’s more, work is currently underway to build an outdoor shelter in the rear car park for children to use during school pick-up times. Discussions are also taking place to improve the external play area for the nursery for year-round use. In addition to this, Friends of St Canna, who run the Old School Room in Llangan, received a monetary donation.

Closing thoughts

In conclusion, we’re extremely proud to have been involved in this award-winning social housing development. It was certainly a pleasure to work closely with Canna Developments, alongside Newydd Housing Association, and we greatly appreciate the accolades and recognition we’ve received since the scheme was officially completed.

As soon as you drive through the village of Llangan your head turns to look at our striking housing development. There is certainly a wow factor about Cwrt Canna and that is down to the hard work of our development team alongside all our contractors. It hasn’t been an easy process building this scheme during a global pandemic, but it has been worth it to see the joy in the faces of our tenants. Each tenant beams when you speak to them about the difference their new home will make to their lives, and this is what drives us on each day. Some of our tenants have had a difficult few years, but now with their energy efficient homes in beautiful surroundings they tell us that they cannot wait to see what the future brings. I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved at Cwrt Canna.”
Jason Wroe
Chief Executive of Newydd Housing Association
This project won two major industry awards for social housing
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