Saturday, 21 November 2015

‘BREEAM Excellent’ housing development specifies AluK building systems

The former site of a cash and carry in Bow, East London, has been demolished to make way for the new and exciting residential development, Tredegar Place. Centra Living - part of Circle Housing, oversaw the creation of 87 new homes on the Tredegar Road site, transforming the space and bring much needed family and affordable housing to the area.

AluK aluminium window and door systems were specified for the development which comprises a mix of studios, one, two and three bedroom flats and four bedroom maisonettes, with private gardens set across three residential blocks. In addition, Tredegar Place also contains a single three storey town house with its own private garden and street entrance.

The project fabricator and installer, Window & Door Commercial Ltd, chose AluK 58BW window system and 58BD and GT55 TB door systems for their slim sightlines and profile sizing which matched the developer’s design intent. The thermally broken aluminium profiles helped the development to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating due to their energy efficiency qualities, comfortably exceeding the current Building Regulations Part L1A minimum U-Value for windows of 2.00 W/m2 K. Approximately 2500m2of AluK systems were installed at Tredegar Place over a period of 12 months.

The new homes are in close proximity to the mainline railway line to Liverpool Street which gave the project teams further challenges to overcome. Enhanced system performance characteristics and acoustic requirements were needed for the windows and doors facing the railway lines. Window & Door Commercial took these needs into consideration and incorporated acoustic glass with the AluK systems, providing the homes facing the lines with adequate sound proofing as required by local planning conditions, Building Regulations and British Standards.

The developer added an environmental feature with the installation of brown and green roofs featuring sedum and hardy plants. Requiring low maintenance and no additional irrigation, the plants offer a rich habitat for wildlife, boosting the development’s BREEAM credentials with its strong ecological benefits. The roof space was also designed to provide residents with additional communal landscaped amenity space as well as private roof terraces.

The project also followed Secured by Design (SBD) guidance to ensure that the development created a safe and accessible environment. Some of the key features incorporated in Tredegar Place was the use of shared amenity space and play areas. An integrated lighting strategy was also utilised, employing SBD principles to create well-lit landscapes that avoid dark loitering spaces, allowing safe passage after dark.

The project was completed in November 2014.

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