Cornbrook Court, Manchester - Pilot

About the building

Cornbrook Court is a former 1970s traditional ‘H’-shaped care home that has been refurbished to provide modern, self-contained flats for vulnerable people in a supportive and safe environment.

The central courtyard, communal lounge, training facilities and reception area are designed to balance independence and security. Cedral cladding and render finishes give the building a new identity and act as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area.

Further information

Key facts

  • BREEAM rating: Very Good
  • Score: 58.83
  • Size: 1820 m2
  • Stage: Post construction
  • BREEAM version: BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment - Pilot

Sustainability features

Using existing materials – where possible existing materials have been retained, including the roof, external walls and the majority of the boundary protection. The existing large window openings have also been retained, although the windows have been replaced with more efficient systems, and the scheme therefore benefits from high levels of daylight.

Energy efficiency – additional insulation in the external walls, first floor and roof – and the replacement windows – have improved the energy efficiency of the building fabric. These and other measures, such as energy efficient lighting, have reduced carbon emissions by almost 20%.

Water – potable water consumption has been minimised through specification of low-flow-rate sanitary ware. Water butts have been provided externally for irrigation, and there are two rotary dryers to enable residents to dry their clothes outside in the communal garden.

Design – the flats have been designed to meet the requirements of Lifetime Homes and are Secured by Design.

Home working –home office facilities have been installed to enable working from home.

Project team details

  • Client: Great Places Housing Group
  • Contractor: Mansell Construction
  • Architect: Pozzoni LLP
  • BREEAM Assessor: Vanessa Wall

 A spokesperson from Pozzoni LLP said:

‘The economic downturn coupled with increasing energy prices has brought refurbishment and retrofit to the fore. We need to do everything we can to reduce the energy demand of our existing housing stock to deliver affordability. Measuring these improvements and ensuring the right works are carried out can only be done with an assessment method specifically designed for this purpose.

‘The new BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment assessment method is a bespoke, robust tool to benchmark future refurbishments and has filled a gap in a growth sector. Pozzoni is pleased to have helped develop the new standard and to receive one of the first pilot certificates for our scheme. This was also assessed against EcoHomes and we will also be publishing a joint guide to compare the two assessments.



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