LILAC Co-housing officially opens

LILAC Co-housing residents opened their homes and their hearts to welcome friends and family to the official opening on Saturday the 14th of September 2013.

The event was well attended and it was great to see how houses have become homes. Each home now has it's own unique style and feel.

The atmosphere was one of celebration and of a job well done with thanks being given to all those who helped make LILAC a reality. Friends, families and the project delivery team all attended to see the development finally move from a construction project to a vibrant co-housing community.


LILAC is a groundbreaking example of the use of straw bales in construction and is the first to use the ModCell pre-fabricated straw bale panels in 3 storey homes. A first in the UK.

The LILAC community has residents with children less than a year old, with more on the way, to over 78 years young. The mix of ages and backgrounds has been a positive influence on the project, with individual life experience and determination ensuring the initial dream of LILAC got turned in to a living breathing reality. LILAC is a pathfinder for how communities can develop and build homes that are beautiful, affordable and sustainable.