Four consortia have been appointed to build homes which will showcase green technology at the redevelopment of Ravenscraig, a former industrial site in North Lanarkshire.

The names of the companies tasked with designing and building these green homes were announced by Ravenscraig Ltd, the company driving the redevelopment of the former steelworks in Lanarkshire, and Building Research Establishment (BRE) Scotland.

Ravenscraig eco-homes
Ravenscraig eco-homes

The lead organisations within each of the four development consortiums are CCG Scotland with Places for People; Powerwall Systems; Build ICF and Kraft Architecture.

MacFarlane Wilder has been appointed as the landscape architect. The planning application is poised to be submitted by BRE Scotland for the innovation park and it is anticipated that work will begin on-site in January 2010.

In June 2008, Ravenscraig Ltd and BRE Scotland invited Scottish construction companies to submit their proposals for the park and received responses from over 80 organisations.

The former steelworks site has lain derelict since the closure of the steel mill in 1993, but is being redeveloped into the new BRE Innovation Park.

It is hoped that the Innovation Park will build on the lessons learned by BRE’s first demonstrator centre at Garston near Watford, which showcased the use of technologies such as wind turbines, rainwater harvesting, heat recovery systems and recycled waste timber within individual homes.

Set in the heart of Ravenscraig, the five acre park will incorporate six full-scale demonstrator houses and will channel over £2 million of new technology investment. The houses will showcase how homes of the future will tackle issues such as affordability, energy efficiency, the use of recycled materials, carbon emissions and sustainable methods of construction.