Construction underway at Capital&Centric’s Farnworth Green

Construction is underway at Capital&Centric’s Farnworth Green Build to Rent scheme, which will deliver Bolton’s first ever net zero homes.

Aerial image of Capital&Centric’s Farnworth Green project | BTR News
Aerial image of Capital&Centric’s Farnworth Green project.

Bolton’s first ever operationally net zero homes are being built as part of a radical shake up for Farnworth town centre. The 85 homes, at Capital&Centric’s Farnworth Green Build to Rent scheme, will include a mix of one- and two-bedroom apartments and 12 two- and three-bedroom family homes, creating a mix of residents.

Several of the townhouses currently under construction are being built to be emission free, slashing energy bills for their residents and supporting Bolton’s Climate Change Strategy and net zero carbon ambition.

Farnworth Green is progressing at speed | BTR News
Farnworth Green is progressing at speed.

The timber frames of the net zero rental homes are taking shape on site. When complete, they will be super insulated to make them energy efficient, with reduced air leakage and triple glazed windows. They will also boast more solar PV panels and air source heat pumps to supply hot water. 

The homes are the first low carbon testers for the social impact developer’s ‘Neighbourhood’ brand, which aims to bring city centre style design-led homes into suburban communities. Once demonstrated, the intention is to role the approach out at other brownfield sites across Greater Manchester and beyond. 

The net zero suburban homes under construction | BTR News
The net zero suburban homes under construction.

“When it comes to reaching net zero targets, emissions from homes are a big contributor. We’re proud to be testing our first net zero homes at Farnworth Green, delivering our first ‘Neighbourhood’ style homes as part of the wider re-boot of the town centre.

“In declaring a climate emergency, Bolton Council are looking to new ways to regenerate brownfield sites, meet housing demand but also transition to a more sustainable way of life. We’re aiming to set a new blueprint for regeneration of town centres in Farnworth, so it’s only right we test new net zero homes that can then be rolled out in other Greater Manchester communities.”

Tom Wilmot, Joint Managing Director, Capital&Centric
The suburban homes will complement the town centre apartments | BTR News
The suburban homes will complement the town centre apartments | BTR NewsThe suburban homes will complement the town centre apartments.

The Farnworth Green project is a re-boot of the outdated precinct into a town centre neighbourhood. The scheme will also include over 20,000 sq ft of space for bars, cafes and independent stores, a ground floor community hub, a new public square with green spaces and lush landscaping to introduce greenery to the town centre.

There will also be outdoor community spots including an events pavilion, set to support outdoor community events from art and live music to makers markets.

External view of the Farnworth Green apartments and commercial units | BTR News
External view of the Farnworth Green apartments and commercial units.

Farnworth Green is intended to set a new blueprint for the future of town centres in a time where online shopping dominates. The trailblazing approach – supported by the council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority – is aimed at striking a balance between homes alongside shops, retail spaces, community facilities and green spaces. The end goal is to generate a buzz and put the town centre back at the heart of the community. 

“Tackling climate change is everyone’s responsibility, and the Bolton Climate Strategy sets out our plan to work with partners to make our borough cleaner and greener. 

“So we are delighted that Capital&Centric are leading the way on net-zero house building at Farnworth Green, transforming an underused site into a modern, vibrant and sustainable urban neighbourhood. 

“This development, together with the ongoing work on the £20m Long Term Plan, means it is an exciting time for both Farnworth residents and potential investors in other parts of the town.”

Cllr Richard Silvester, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Climate Change and Environment
Farnworth Green | BTR News
Farnworth Green.

Capital&Centric’s overhaul of the Farnworth Green town centre is on track to open by the end of 2024, with the current focus on attracting new operators to set up shop in the town. 

The progress follows the development reaching its highest point early this year. On a visit to the site, Mayor Andy Burnham hailed the progress to put town centres back at the heart of community life.