Affordable housing and renewable energy
A 93-unit affordable housing development for Hexagon Housing Association, recently completed by contractor Osborne Homes. The Falcon Works site in Lynton Road, Southwark was previously occupied by paper mills.
The scheme is arranged in 5 blocks ranging in scale from individual houses to 4- and 5-storey blocks of flats. The buildings are set around a series of communal landscaped courtyards linked by pedestrian routes. All of the homes are for affordable housing (mixture of social rented and shared ownership) and 10% have been designed for wheelchair users.
'..photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels are used to provide renewable energy on site'
The design uses clean modern lines and a palette of durable materials chosen to age gracefully. Each home has private outside space either through a recessed balcony, private garden or terrace. The development also incorporates a children's play area. The use of an underground car park has allowed for extensive soft landscaping to be used, and residents are encouraged to use a car club to further cut down the need for on-site parking space.
Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and solar thermal panels are used to provide renewable energy on site. The project has been awared an EcoHomes "Very Good" standard.