Edward Woods nears completion

An eight year project to make three high rise buildings in Shepherds Bush into Britain’s greenest tower blocks is now almost complete.

The blocks, on the Edward Woods Estate, have received a complete makeover, receiving a raft of energy-saving adaptations, including insulation and photovoltaic solar panels. The flats are now far more energy efficient, cosier and less costly to run for the tenants.

The three tower blocks, Poynter House, Stebbing House and Norland House, have also received structural repairs to the concrete frame and the brick cladding, and some internal and external decoration.

When a research team from the London School of Economics (LSE) investigated the energy performance of the flats before the upgrade, they found that residents had utility bills that ranged from £500 to £2,000 a year.

The researchers will be reporting on further research in the new year, by which time residents will have had the opportunity to make significant savings to their energy bills.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, cabinet member for housing said: “This is the most innovative low carbon, urban tower blocks retrofit in the country and possibly beyond.  We recently hosted a visit from the European Investment Bank who were fascinated to learn how this scheme could be the blueprint for low carbon refurbishments in social housing across the Continent.”

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