Cordata Co-operative is the first of several new co-operative house projects that enable groups of people to live in a more sustainable way in large urban houses.
Cordata co-operative is in Withington in south Manchester. The house is is owned by a secondary co-operative and run by members of the co-operative house, who have complete control over who lives there, how the space is used, what it looks like. This model also allows for a complete low energy refurbishment, so we have fitted solar panels, a complete insulation envelope, rainwater collection, and other energy reducing features.
Current members are a diverse group of people: musician, lecturer, chef, student, dance teacher, freelance film-maker.
Summer 2015: After an intense year of finishing off the internal work on the house and developing our principles, we are now focusing on living together, and supporting other houses using the same model.
We are registered co-operative and we meet about every month to make bigger decisions and develop our group. Some of our principles incllude a commitment to cooking and eating together, managing energy use, and being creative with a small amount of food growing space.
We occasionally have places available in the house and are happy to help other groups who are interested in something similar. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or look for our page on facebook, The Cordata House (co-operative). We are part of a small network of co-operative houses supported by the co-operative living freehold society.