Baildon Methodist Church – The Fold

The First Building In North West Yorkshire Built to a PassiveHaus Standard

On Sunday 3rd November, Rev Kerry Tankard – The Chair of the West Yorkshire Methodist District, formally opened The Fold. Around 200 people attended, some of whom where MP Philip Davies, Councillors Susan Hichcliffe the chair of Bradford Town Council and Joe Ashton the chair of Baildon Town Council.

The Fold is the first building on church premises in Britain constructed to standards similar to those of PassivHaus, as Rev Kerry Tankard emphasised, The Fold ‘sits lightly on the earth’. Using almost no energy and emitting virtually no carbon dioxide. The Fold has passed it’s air tightness test with flying colours, we received some excellent feedback:

“WOW! This needs framing with pride somewhere!? What a great result – well done Paul and team, testimony indeed to your attention to detail…Thank you.”

“Is this the best air permeability result in the known universe, Paul? Congratulations!”

All building costs towards Baildon Methodist Church have been funded by the community. Including two of our own builders who were working on The Fold. Father and son Alec and James took part in the huge efforts to raise money by canoeing the length of the Leeds/Liverpool 126 mile canal. Raising double the amount promised, resulting in the building fund being £4000 better off due to their generous efforts.

As a company we are extremely delighted with the outcome of this project.

Take a look at some more photos from Baildon’s journey and our projects here