SuperHome Database

Swindon area, Buscot and Coleshill Estate

House Summary

National Trust
House Type:
Grade II listed, one of a pair of 18th/19th century houses

Measures installed:

  • Draught-proofing
  • Low Energy Lighting
  • Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery
  • Roof Insulation
  • Secondary glazing
  • Water Saving Devices

  • 8 Buscot GH
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  • windows
  • gas boiler – Buscot GH
  • wood stove_Buscot

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Personal story:

The National Trust is rolling out minimum environmental standards across our estate of about 5,000 houses and cottages. We have three levels of environmental standard for our buildings and require the first – the Bronze Level – to be incorporated where practicable by 2014. This level is low-cost, relatively unobtrusive and therefore feasible for the majority of existing buildings.

The sequence for implementation is to minimise energy wasted (for example, through insulation and draught-proofing); to reduce the use of resources (for example, through water conservation and opting for low-energy items); and to install new components, plant and equipment. Good practice includes using local and sustainable sources for materials and services; selecting renewable and sustainable material for fixtures and fittings; and cutting down, and as far as possible avoiding, the use of cement, CFCs, HCFCs and PVC products.


Our ambition is to reduce our energy use by 20% before 2020 (compared with 2009). The National Trust is leading in the field of environmental heritage work – testing, innovating and demonstrating to the wider heritage field what interventions can be appropriately made to traditional buildings, without compromising their integrity.

We endeavor to be a responsible landlord, offering houses that are fit for the future, conforming to legislation as far as possible within the confines of an historic or traditional building. Within the National Trust, we have a set of guiding sustainability principles, these include: “Be light on our feet, innovative and creative, adaptive and responsive, fit for the future and learn from the past”.

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Property background:

8 Buscot is Grade II listed and one of an unusual pair of 18th/19th century houses. Incorporating parts of an earlier building, it displays a complex series of extensions and alterations. There is a two storey main block with a flat roofed parallel rear wing at the west end. At the east end are a series of extensions. The front wall and the west gable wall are of coursed limestone, the rest is brick. One of the internal walls is of cob. The roof is slated and there are three chimney stacks along the ridge. The windows are casement and sash.

Two other properties on the Buscot and Coleshill Estate have simultaneously had similar measures installed:

26 The Dabs: Built of brick around 1800 as a pair of symmetrical, two storey worker’s cottages. Now one dwelling, it has a tiled roof and chimney stacks at the gable ends with a single lean to at the east end.

55 Coleshill (Lower Lodge): Built during 1853-4, The Lodge is a single storey L-shaped building constructed of rubble limestone with stone dressings. It has a steep stone tied, gabled roof and a tall chimney. There is a gabled porch on the north-east side and a bow window at the south-east end. The windows are flat headed with mullions. There is a large weather boarded porch to the rear.

Key changes made:

  • Secondary glazing
  • Chimneys lined to accommodate wood burning stoves
  • Roof void insulation
  • LED/low energy lighting
  • Heat recovery to bathrooms where practical
  • New efficient boilers
  • Low volume baths
  • Dual flush cisterns where suitable
  • Raised height sockets in case of flood
  • Draught-proofing to doors

We have upgraded the thermal performance of the cottages and removed oil as a source of fuel. Total cost of refurbishment work to all three properties was £190,000 Approximately half of this (£85,000) is attributable to energy efficiency measures ranging from replacement heating systems to draught-proofing and loft insulation.

Measures installed in detail:

  • Secondary glazing
  • Chimneys lined to accommodate wood burning stoves
  • Roof void insulation
  • LED/low energy lighting
  • Heat recovery to bathrooms where practical
  • New efficient boilers
  • Low volume baths
  • Dual flush cisterns where suitable
  • Raised height sockets in case of flood
  • Draught-proofing to doors
Benefits of work carried out:

  • Tenants will benefit from lower fuel costs due to the thermal upgrades to the building, and the new efficient heating systems;
  • The Trust’s Buscot and Coleshill Estates will benefit from a reduced carbon footprint and ideally increased revenue from the let of improved dwellings.
  • We share best practice and successes from projects like this with the wider organisation to encourage and empower others with the confidence to undertake similar projects.
Favourite feature:

The wood burning stoves and general warmth and cosiness.

Project update:

Our ambition is for the Buscot and Coleshill Estate to become truly low carbon. We aim to develop several medium size environmental projects across the estate that enable us to reduce our carbon footprint, bring in additional revenue and promote our green credentials externally.

For more information on Coleshill Low Carbon Village click here.

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