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The Mailbox, Stockport

Sustainable Eco-Friendly Homes

Rise Homes are committed to sustainability, making a determined and conscious effort through a number of design, construction, and operating decisions to lessen our own footprint, and that of our residents and occupiers, on the environment.

Rise Homes have developed sustainable eco-friendly homes across six schemes in the North of England and has developed five biomass heating systems. Our Tribe Apartments scheme, which was completed in 2015 won the prestigious global award for a Residential scheme from the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure, and buildings. 

BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.

Focus on Regeneration

Rise Homes actively seek to breathe renewed life into often long-standing neglected derelict buildings and sites. Rise Homes also focusses on recycling all possible parts of the previous building, whether that’s original features, elements of the building’s original footprint, or simply a nod to the history of the site. The Mailbox in Stockport is the complete regeneration of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office, which stood derelict for 10 years whilst carefully retaining its unique stairwells.

The Depot in Whalley Range replaces the home of the former Stagecoach Bus Depot. Greyfriars in Coventry used to be an empty office building and Founders Yard in Sheffield is the site of electrical wholesalers and pubs that were closed and derelict for many years.

Our property in Leeds is now going to utilise access to the Leeds Pipes Heat Network rather than heat pumps, The Locks feature PV panels, battery storage (as does Greyfriars), a living wall, and a biomass district heating system.

Our Leeds and Wolverhampton housing developments also include the regeneration of a former industrial site no longer needed for manufacturing and of a redundant Government building.

Key Initiatives:

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Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. The Mailbox, Founders Yard, and Stockport Interchange all make strong use of this design methodology.

The Mailbox has ‘living walls’ on all four elevations – in total, an area of 1,200 sq m, made up of 114,500 individual plants. It is the largest area of living wall in the North of England. In addition, the scheme features an extensive roof garden and large atrium with substantial planters. Read all about our living wall and watch our latest video.

Our Founders Yard development will also include an extensive courtyard area and roof garden.

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Biomass Heating Systems

Rise Homes have developed five biomass district heating systems and has a further four developments planned or in progress using this green technology. Biomass Heating reduces environmental impact in addition to reducing costs for our residents.

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Solar Power

Our Depot, Greyfriars and Wolverhampton developments feature extensive PV panels on the roof and battery storage to provide power for lighting to communal areas.

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Ground & Air Source Heat Pumps

Use of this technology is in planning for our development in Leeds.

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Recycled Materials

The Depot Apartments have zinc roofs – zinc being a recyclable material.

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Supporting British Manufacturers

Where possible both construction and soft furnishings are sourced locally and from British manufacturers for all our eco-friendly homes.

Our other sustainable initiatives

  • Electric Charging Stations
  • Water Restrictors
  • Using Natural Materials
  • Minimising Packaging Use

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