Our work for housing associations has always been a mainstay of the practice. We have worked with most of the leading Registered Providers in the Region and have produced hundreds of flats and houses on sites in every part of East Anglia.
We are usually involved at any one time with the development of around 60 sites, both large and small, and every user type ranging from general-needs housing to special-needs housing, retirement housing, Lifetime Homes and Sustainable Homes.
In response to government initiatives in the early 2000’s, Barefoot and Gilles, in co-operation with Oxbury & Co and Flagship Housing Group, designed and built a series of highly energy-efficient housing developments. For example, a pilot scheme at Lingwood in Norfolk explored four separate ways of providing supplementary passive energy. The scheme was monitored by the University of East Anglia and the results used to inform the design of subsequent housing schemes.
Using the experience gained from this development programme, in 2009 Barefoot and Gilles established GreenGauge Homes (www.greengaugehomes.com) in order to offer clients certainty of delivery for sustainable housing using appropriate technology to achieve the required level of Code for Sustainable Homes. Much of this work has now been absorbed into the mainstream of energy-conscious housing development but for some years the Greengauge brand ran in parallel with the mainstream work of the practice and there was synergy between the two offers.
We believe, therefore, that our experience in this field coupled with our pro-active approach at the pre-funded stage of development has enabled us to establish an enhanced reputation for the reliable delivery of affordable housing.