Our members have a wide range of different abilities and talents, and we are working in collaboration with the following experts and professionals to supplement our own skills and to make this project happen.

Based in Herefordshire Archihaus, the developers of Bridge Croft, aim to to create
new ‘living village’ developments, within existing towns and villages, to enhance the long term viability and resilience of local communities, and transform the quality and energy efficiency of housing provision in the UK. Archihaus has been formed by Jonathan Hines and Lars Carlsson, in partnership with one of the UK’s leading sustainable architects, Architype.

“we challenge the conventional view that sustainable design is boring complex and expensive. Instead we deliver beautiful and elegant buildings that are economic to build and easy to use.” Architype have a proven track record in designing cohousing projects such as Springhill, Stroud as well as a wide range of other projects. They specialise in Passivhaus and believe that sustainability needs to be introduced from first principles. Jonathan Hines, Director, has been working alongside Mandorla for several years and sees mutual benefits to both Mandorla and Architype in working together.

Jimm Reed from Coho Ltd is our project manager. Jimm has a proven track record
of delivering challenging projects like LILAC Cohousing. LILAC is an almost unique
project bringing together a group of likeminded ordinary people with a shared vision
of a sustainable and affordable urban community. Jimm has been working with us
for nearly two years.

Malcolm Lynch and Elizabeth Wilson from Wrigleys are legal specialists in
structuring and financing all forms of community-led projects from pubs to railways.
Wrigleys have advised on: Lancaster Cohousing, The Open House Project,
Laughton Lodge and Shirle Hill.

Birmingham Co-operative Housing Services have developed 50 housing co-
operatives and community housing projects since 1997. They will be helping
Mandorla set up as Registered Providers of Social Housing and then assisting with
essential services to sustain Mandorla’s social rentals and their tenants.

The UK Cohousing Network have been supporting us to develop our mixed tenure
project that provides both affordable and for lease properties. Jo Gooding has
been advising our group for two years. Jo is an experienced housing professional supporting our group directly and indirectly through her work in cohousing.

Herefordshire Council’s Housing Officers have been very supportive in providing accurate information and a progressive stance in supporting our project to get underway.