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The commitment to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 rating was a major concern for our clients. We worked with their project team to analyse the alternative renewable technologies available and decided upon a solution which would deliver lower running costs to residents and lower maintenance costs to Hackney Homes.
In line with our tried and tested sustainability strategy, we worked on a ‘fabric first’ basis and utilised energy-efficient building materials to reduce the need for additional heating or cooling. We installed energy and water-saving devices such as low-e light fittings and flow-regulators to taps and showerheads to minimise waste water. To provide the required 20% renewables, we installed photovoltaic panels to the roofs of all five villas with support coming from air source heat pumps. We also promoted ecological enhancement of development through the creation of bio-diverse roofs interspersed with roof terraces. These reflected the parkland feel of the area and drew inspiration the neighbouring Finsbury Park. It allows all residents of the new villas to enjoy the park atmosphere right outside their homes. The innovative design of the new Finsbury Park Place development led to it being short-listed for the Housing Design Awards 2011.
We appreciated the importance of promoting local labour to our clients and the community. We were fortunate to have a long-established relationship with the Council and local companies through our 6-year Decent Homes programme. This allowed us to employ pre-approved local supply-chain partners across the project.
We worked with the ‘On Site Hackney Construction Recruitment Centre’ to engage local labour and committed to employing two apprentices at the site throughout the works.
As the site was close to the Parkwood Primary and nursery schools, our community liaison and safety teams met regularly with teachers to arrange safety talks and fun days for local children and their families.
The Six Estates regeneration programme was led by a Steering Group of residents which took an active role in shaping the kind of homes that were built. We met with representatives of the Steering Group at monthly meetings to ensure we were continuing to address any concerns as they arose.
Stalled funding due to the banking crisis in 2008, we were able tovercome with with a cross-subsity funding model.
“The sites are all very well run. There is a really good feeling when visiting the site [and] there is an openness about costs and no attempt to increase costs without justification... [overall] Lovell is a very customer-focused organisation”Alistair Gaskin, Chief Consultant
London Borough of Hackney