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Bath Street Collective Custom Build

 

Background

A group of aspiring custom builders came together in Portobello, Edinburgh to buy a site in Bath Street, sourced by architect John Kinsley, who led the project. Bath Street Collective Custom Build Ltd was created with four shareholder members, with the ambition to create their own customised apartments.
The land was purchased in 2015 with planning for a standard tenement-style building, and a new planning permission was granted at the end of the year for the built scheme.

Delivery

With a receptive council happy to see a building that reflected the street's diversity, Kinsley designed contemporary building with a red sandstone façade as a nod to the neighbouring vernacular. This was offset by a timber screen on the ground floor and zinc panels to the rear.
Prior to the build, the group spent a lot of time planning what they wanted out of their homes, with a common goal being the desire for a low-energy solution. 
The structure of the property is based on a timber frame centred around a stairwell, which offered complete flexibility with regards to the internal partitions of the individual properties. Owners were then responsible for their own shell apartments, built around this central core.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) was chosen as the build route, as it offers speedy on-site construction, with the timber used to create the walls, floor, roof and central stair core. 
CLT also enabled them to easily build to Passivhaus standards, using panels produced by Egoin in Spain. These arrived with three joiners, and the entire structure was erected in just nine days. 
Each stakeholder was also responsible for specifying their own kitchens and bathrooms, too.The rear and roof gardens are shared between the residents. 
The Collective Custom Build group model enabled the residents to create their own tailor-made homes, with a shared risk, and without the involvement of a developer. Buying at cost, without having to pay a middle-man a cut, has delivered significant savings in comparison to similar market homes. 
The Kinsley’s took up the top floor flat, where exposed timber features in a modern Scandi-scheme, shown in the pictures.

Finance

The project cost £1.2 million, including the plot, build and fees, split between the four owners.

Timescale

Infill site purchased 2013.
Planning awarded December 2015. 
Work starts Autumn 2016.
Building work competed July 2017.
Internal fit outs carried on throughout 2017.

Learning Points

  • As a community collective custom build the project has received enormous amounts of attention from politicians, media and schools of architecture. It has been recognised as a ground breaking project that offers solutions for future routes to housing, especially as collective custom building removes the house builder’s profit. 
  • The project has had a painful learning curve in that they bought the land as company, but when it came to splitting the completed property into four private leaseholds, they were faced with an unexpected tax burden. 
    Initially each stakeholder paid a share of the £3,000 LBTT tax for the land, but they now face another hefty tax bill for each flat to transfer the ownership from the collective group to individual owners. This is under the Scottish system of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax.

Related Links

CLT panels Egoin
Zinc cladding Artisan
Triple-glazed windows Unilux
Main contractor HM Raitt and Sons

Photos: John Reiach