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BERMAN COURT, Newton Abbot.

Berman Court is a sustainable affordable housing redevelopment in the centre of Newton Abbot, constructed to a high performance specification. The project places sustainability at its heart, and has received Level 3 Code for Sustainable Homes accreditation. The building features arrays of photovoltaic panels to harness the sun’s energy, used to provide power for the lift shaft and communal lighting. Residents also benefit from water saving appliances, energy efficient lighting, dedicated secure cycle storage, highly insulated and air tight building fabric.

The building’s layout creates an enclosed courtyard which clearly defines the private and public realms, maintaining privacy for occupants and neighbouring residents. Strong elevational treatments coupled with crisp contemporary detailing have produced a distinctive building that sits well within the townscape, complementing the recent wider regeneration of the market town. The design utilises modern methods of single skin closed panel timber frame construction together with a ventilated rainscreen render cladding system.