Pitman Tozer Architects has obtained planning consent for 12 affordable, low energy flats for rent for the over 55’s for LB Hillingdon.
The scheme occupies a former car park on the edge of an existing estate and is designed as a “simple rectilinear block to make best use of the site”. The rendered upper parts sit over a dark glazed brick plinth.
The scheme includes a dedicated wheelchair flat at ground floor and is designed to meet Code For Sustainable Homes Level 4. Each upper flat has South facing winter gardens to provide enclosed private amenity space and a passive preheat space. Sliding screens act as louvres to reduce solar gain in summer.
Pitman Tozer say the project utilizes high levels of insulation and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery to reduce energy use and rainwater harvesting to minimize water use. Energy is generated on site with a roof top array of photovoltaics.
The project won funding in the HCA Kickstart programme first round. Construction by Hill Partnership is due for completion in March 2011.
Pitman Tozer Architects are also working with LB Hillingdon on affordable housing schemes nearby to Code For Sustainable Homes Level 5 due to start on site shortly.