Faithorn Farrell Timms was appointed by L&Q in March 2014 to oversee the Section 106 element of an overall project for 770 private and affordable homes. The social housing provision was for 154 general needs rent and shared ownership units spread across five blocks of varying design over 11 storey levels. The development is made up of concrete frames with brick and render façade, powder coated aluminium windows and green roofs, incorporating external hard and soft landscaping areas which included a communal square amenity space with a play area.
We worked with L&Q and Barratt London to agree a combined heat and power plant providing heating and hot water to all of the dwellings via a distribution pipe network, with meters located within the resident’s homes and meter readings transmitted from the energy centre through remote links. The central plant provides heat and hot water to all units, which are individually metered through Heat Interface Units.
An integrated solution for delivering and recording the heat consumed by an individual dwelling served from a centralised heating plant, HIUs provide localised control and metering in a self-contained package, allowing simple integration of individual dwellings into a larger heating and hot water system.
Energy consumption data is read remotely by the Eon-managed Energy Centre, through which bills are automatically generated. All dwellings are built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 offering excellent levels of insulation and minimisation of the use of water.
Prior to construction there was also considerable resident consultation. With the ongoing construction on site resident liaison events were convened every two weeks to disseminate any updates of note or address any particular concerns they may have about the works. One of the project goals included in the original Development Agreement was the employment of local people, whilst the planning approval also specified allocating work to available employees within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Thus, it was decided that the employment of local labour would be monitored on a monthly basis.
The development meets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and the reduction of construction waste has been incorporated as one of the project Key Performance Indicators.
The dwellings have been designed to fully comply with the London Housing Design Guide, whilst nearby residents and the occupants of businesses and schools are updated on a regular basis by Barratt London's quarterly construction newsletter. This explained the progress and highlighted any specific issues such as any particularly noisy or dusty activities or the delivery of wide loads out of hours.
Such has been the success of the project that we are now project managing a further 49 affordable units and a further 73 Private Rented Sector units on the same site.