Submitted by Kevin McCloud on 6 July, 2010 - 15:17
My company, Hab (Happiness, Architecture, Beauty) is a residential development company building highly sustainable homes (1,000 in the next four years) with innovative technology, car clubs and zero carbon objectives at the heart of our schemes. So our values are absolutely on-brand for Think.
Hab grew out of a mixture of anger and desire. There are many good exemplar housing projects in the UK and many more abroad. What upset us was that they were little known and seemingly ineffectual in changing the mindset of large developers.
We set out to raise standards by building well-designed environmentally-friendly housing in provincial or suburban locations where the quality of new-build housing is particularly poor.
Our aim is not to create ring-fenced developments but to focus on the social and physical relationships between our projects and the wider community to bring tangible improvements to both. We are committed to working closely with local communities to establish how this can best be done.
Hab is keen to work in partnership with landowners who have land (preferably brownfield) suitable for residential/mixed-use development in suburban locations. Please contact Mike Roberts at:
Email mike [at] haboakus [dot] co [dot] uk
or call 0844 800 3478 in the first instance.