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Hill Street House
Ty Stryd y Bryn

A 100% social rent, two storey building on an existing car park

ZED PODS was chosen by Linc Cymru Housing Association based on our superior energy performance measures to help them design and build an ultra-low carbon and low energy consumption housing scheme, which was funded by the Welsh Government. These 12 low- carbon, high quality, affordable homes were built on an underutilised car park at Hill Street for people previously living in temporary accommodation (TA) in Newport. It is one of the highest levels of energy performances in social housing in the UK, built in line with Welsh Government Decarbonisation Programme.

Project Information

Client: Linc Cymru Housing Association and Newport City Council

Location: Hill Street House, Newport, NP20 1LZ

Building Solution: Permanent​

Scope of works: Full Turnkey Service (RIBA Stage 0 – 7)

Status: Construction Complete

Project Team


Linc Cymru

Housing Association



Principal Designer

Principal Constractor

The Prince described the PODS as "incredible". Sam Lewis, who has lived in the Hill Street House for nine months and who invited Prince William in. She said: "It was an amazing experience. He asked me about the flat and how I got into this situation. I was really nervous beforehand and I felt really relaxed. They wouldn't even tell us that he was coming. When they told me I couldn't believe it. This development has changed my life."

Sam Lewis

Hill Street House Resident


Unique Project

The UK’s first 100% affordable, zero carbon in operation scheme, sits atop a steel podium with parking facilities underneath.

The development, designed by our inhouse architects, consists of a two-storey terraced row of 12 individually contained dwellings designed for single tenant occupation.

Built under Wales Government’s Permitted Development with retrospective planning to expedite new build homes during the pandemic and was the first scheme which was completed unlocking the draw down of the Gov funding. The development of ultra-low carbon housing, the first of its kind for the region, celebrates the site’s heritage while providing top- quality accommodation, akin to a modern apartment, available for social rent.


Hill Street is a steeply sloping site with narrow access, most modular providers will consider this site unsuitable.


HRH Visit -
The ‘Homewards’ Program

“Hill Street House” as one of the exemplar projects in Newport has been visited by HRH Prince William in late June 2023 for lunching his “Homewards” program.

The Offsite MMC Solution

We developed innovative logistics strategy, lifting plan, and module design to make this site viable.


Key Innovation

Our innovations followed seven WFGA (Well-being of Future Generation Wales Act 2015) goals with focus on CO2, Capital, and Energy.

The development met all the ‘MUST’ building development principle (Minimize, Use, Substitute, and Treat). HRH Prince William visited the scheme as part of Homewards Initiative aimed at ending homelessness. The scheme, which was showcased by the BBC One Show, is unique due to:

  • Re-used surplus space on a council-owned car park to build high-quality homes.

  • Using Offsite MMC methods – 50% quicker than traditional built process.

  • No demolition of existing buildings - minimal negative sustainability impact

  • Considerable enhancements to biodiversity and green space

  • Sustainable features to promote low-carbon living and lifestyle.

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Innovating in

Housing Delivery

100% affordable, inclusive and low carbon living (WILL Goal: Capital)


Innovating in

Design & Layout

Re-establishing link to encourage active lifestyles (WILL Goal: CO2/ Energy)


Innovating in

Land Development

Using a unique approach to bring car park into use for residential development

(WILL Goal: Capital/CO2/ Energy)


Innovating in


Off-site volumetric housing

(WILL Goal: Capital/CO2/ Energy)


Innovating in


High-quality, net zero-carbon, car-free development

(WILL Goal: Capital / CO2/ Energy)

The government has already provided funding for 245 MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) a

Innovating in


Maximising the site value by turning an existing car park into a secured residential development with prescribed amenity spaces and services.

(WILL Goal: Capital/CO2/ Energy)


Innovating in

Health & Well being

Maximising opportunities for cycling, walking and sustainable transport including electric vehicle infrastructure.

(WILL Goal: Capital/CO2/ Energy)

The government has already provided funding for 245 MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) a

Innovating in

Architectural Feature

Upbringing local character and reinforcing safety and security for the wider community.

(WILL Goal: Capital/CO2/ Energy)


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