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Lovell, in a joint venture with Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA), has recently completed a mixed-tenure development of 136 new homes in Islington, London.
EcoHomes "Excellent" was a key design goal, giving the residents homes that are cheap to run and easy to maintain. With Phase 1 achieving this goal in 2011, the economic crisis then took hold, affecting progress and deferring Phase 2. Phase 2 went on to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 in 2013.
As part of Lovell's rolling volunteering programme, the Mildmay team assisted the Notting Hill Housing Trust to convert a kitchen area into two rentable artist studios for the local community. A total of 40 hours and £250 worth of materials was donated towards the project.
Prior to the construction process, the project team undertook focussed consultation with the Council and the community to ensure the size of the redesigned homes reflected the community's needs. Local residents were then kept engaged and up to date with the development via regular events, letters, newsletters and face to face meetings.
Lovell ensured that a number of waste control and segregation facilities were set up on site, reducing the amount of material going to landfill during construction. In order to minimise customer's occupation energy use, Lovell incorporated large south facing windows in the design to utilise natural light and enhance solar gain.
A novel combined heat and power system operated by a biomass boiler adds to the development's sustainability credentials by reducing dependency on fossil fuels and cutting associated carbon emissions.
Water was seen as a key priority for the project. Thus, the Mildmay team included a water run-off tank with permeable block paving to assist with drainage, a Sustainable Urban Drainage system, green and brown roofs to reduce water run-off by 70%, and other water efficiency measures.
Additional sustainable features include a landscaping scheme to provide an attractive habitat for wildlife, 152 secure cycle facilities and a designated car club scheme.
Mildmay was selected to be a flagship scheme for the Inspire Scholarship, a programme aimed at supporting young people with an interest in construction. This involved Lovell providing annual bursaries of £2,000 in collaboration with ConstructionSkills towards attendance at a local college, to help students gain vocational qualifications and subsequently find employment. The project team ensured that recycled and sustainably sourced materials were used wherever possible, including all required timber.