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HBS to deliver M&E services at Wates Residential Winnall Flats

We are delighted to announce that housing developer Wates Residential has appointed building services specialist HBS Group Southern (HBS) as its preferred mechanical and electrical contractor for Winnall Flats, a highly sustainable, low-carbon housing development in Winchester.

HBS’ Mechanical and Electrical divisions will provide an integrated plumbing and heating and electrical services package for 76 energy-efficient new homes, managing the design, supply, installation, commissioning and aftercare. Work will start later this year and is due for completion by April 2023.

The regeneration scheme forms an extension to the existing Winnall Flats site on the city’s outskirts. Measures to minimise carbon emissions, promote renewable energy and manage water effectively are integral to the project to align with Winchester City Council’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Wates Residential will be constructing the Winnall Flats development to meet the AECB (Association of Environmentally Conscious Buildings) or Passivhaus low energy building standard which requires the fabric of the building to be extremely efficient and airtight to reduce the heating requirement and carbon emissions and to minimise over-heating as the climate heats up. This means the homes will have no conventional heating system required.

When complete, Winnall Flats will provide a mix of tenures with 35 new shared ownership homes and 41 flats for sub-market rent. The homes will be aimed at low paid workers, including younger people and key workers. This reflects the ‘Homes for All’ priority, enabling more young people to live in the district and encouraging diverse, healthy and cohesive communities.

This is the latest project to be awarded to HBS Group Southern by Wates Residential. It follows on from the successful M&E contract completed by HBS’ M&E team at Daedalus Village, supporting the delivery of 200 high-quality homes to help fulfil the local housing need in Gosport.

James Hayter, Electrical Director at HBS Group Southern said: “We are proud to continue our strong working relationship with Wates Residential and be selected to support the construction of these much-needed energy-efficient homes. Securing the combined mechanical and electrical works is a testament to our integrated building services expertise and continued focus on quality and sustainability. We look forward to commencing works on-site and helping our valued client bring the vision for this project to life.”

Helping Wates Residential to deliver high-quality, energy-efficient homes 

Using the AECB methodology, there will be a 41% reduction in energy use and carbon emissions across the entire development at Winnall Flats. The new homes will be affordable to run and resilient to extreme climate events and will be ready to achieve net-zero carbon when the electricity grid is fully decarbonised.

To help achieve this high level of sustainability and energy efficiency, HBS Group Southern will be providing all aspects of design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the heating, water, electrical, EV charging and ventilation requirements to ensure the project meets the Passivhaus low energy building standard within budget and specification.

A dedicated HBS Contract Manager will lead our skilled on-site M&E workforce and ensure the staged installations are completed in line with production targets and HBS’ own in-house quality management system.



About Wates Residential

Wates Residential is one of the UK’s leading housing developers and is part of the Wates Group. Operating across London and the South, the business works with local authority and housing association partners to build more and better quality homes. This is driven by a shared vision that everyone deserves a great place to live.

Their partnership housing offer includes building and selling homes to the public in addition to providing affordable homes for social landlords. They apply a special type of regeneration to every scheme that they develop. This looks beyond bricks and mortar and is focused on supporting the wider long-term development of sustainable communities by placing local needs at the heart of every development.

They are also committed to leaving a positive legacy for the local community by targeting local procurement, the creation of local training and employment opportunities and investing in local charitable organisations and community groups.


Choose a trusted M&E building services partner for your housing developments 

If you have an upcoming housing development requiring a trusted mechanical and electrical contractor then email our expert team to discuss your tender requirements. We can provide a complete package of quality-assured building services tailored to meet your specific project needs.

HBS Group Southern is an award-winning mechanical and electrical services installation specialist with over 70 years of experience. We have built a strong reputation for consistently delivering reliable and industry-leading building services in the new build housing sector. Take a look at some of the case studies we’ve completed for national and regional housing developers to see how we can help.


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