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Housing refurbishment project shortlisted for top green award

A ground breaking housing refurbishment project has been shortlisted for a prestigious national ‘green award’. Three tower blocks on the Ethelred estate in Kennington are being considered for ‘The Sustainable Refurbishment of the Year’ category in the Sustainability Awards 2010 competition.

The project being delivered for Lambeth Council and Lambeth Living by building contractor Breyer Group PLC, will see the three tower blocks transformed from dilapidated homes into dwellings that will provide a benchmark for sustainable social housing.

The £14.6m project promises to transform the forty year old blocks and the quality of life for tenants and residents.

This refurbishment programme aims to provide decent homes while embracing the highest standards of sustainability, and will include:

  • Solar PV panels will generate clean electricity to power lifts, pumps and cctv systems. Lambeth will be able to sell any excess electricity and also receive income from the governments ‘feed in tariff’ which is designed to encourage renewable energy
  • The environmentally friendly window frames are made from 100% recycled aluminium
  • Green sedum roofs will improve biodiversity.
  • ‘Low flush’ toilets and spray taps will save water.
  • The contractors have recycled 92-97% of kitchens, bathroom and other construction waste – exceeding contract targets.
  • External insulation and high performance windows will transform the appearance of the blocks and hugely increase energy efficiency.
  • New communal boilers will, along with a combined heating and power engine, provide low carbon heating and hot water to all the flats.

The sustainability credentials of this project go far beyond the bricks and mortar. It will provide opportunities for residents to be trained to work as apprentices on the scheme, and the recycled old kitchen units will be made into new kitchen units.

Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth Council cabinet member for housing said: “I am pleased that this scheme has been shortlisted for this award and I hope we win. Even if we don’t, Ethelred is a winner because it will benefit from a number of sustainable features and become a model of good quality environmental design and practice”.

Lambeth Living Chief Executive Cathy Deplessis comments: “I’m delighted to hear that this project has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. When it is completed, the neighbourhood will be unrecognisable and I have no doubt that it will be held up as a benchmark for what can be achieved in providing sustainable social housing”.

Winners of the Sustainability 2010 award will be announced on November 20.

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