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Sale architect scoops national award
6:00pm Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
AN architect born and bred in Sale has scooped a prize from a national newspaper for his expertise in designing homes we all might have in years to come.
Ric Franklin, educated at Sale and Stretford Grammar Schools and an Architecture graduate from Oxford Brooks University, won The Sunday Times British Homes Award in the best Future Home category.
His design – published in last weekend’s Sunday Times – has been built by his company Dwelle.ings Architects on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme.
As his prize, home improvement store Homebase will be building a new version of his winning design and exhibit it across the country, as well as 15 units planned to be built in the Cotswolds.
“I am absolutely delighted,” he said. “I think what makes it even more important is that it was voted for by the public.
“That’s what is most important in housing and we want to challenge the state of British housing at the moment.
“These are not just homes – they could be for businesses or classrooms.”
A 743 sq ft one-bedroom property – which costs around £89,000 – has wool insulation, mechanical ventilation and a heat-recovery system to help its energy efficiency.
The construction time is designed to be quick, made of timber framed segments delivered on the back of a lorry and constructed within weeks.
Affordability and environmental friendliness uppermost in Ric’s mind when designing the properties, with being ecological the key issue.
“Buildings are responsible for about half of emissions in the developed world,” he said.
“We need to have a much lower impact and it is quite scary and it focuses the mind. What I am trying to do is make it available so it has to be affordable.
“By building it offsite it minimises waste and makes it more affordable. It is like building a basic model car and then making it how you want.”
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