Planning Guidance

Case Studies

The Wharves, Deptford

Planning has been achieved for the regeneration of this urban block in South East London, delivering over 1,000,000sqft of floor space, 1,040 new homes and 1,200 new jobs over the next 10 years. The site is large enough to accommodate a mix of housing types; flats in towers with wider settings and great views; traditional street pattern, family homes with private gardens; courtyard development with central, communal amenity; urban lofts set above retail and core community clusters.

Max Fordham LLP worked with the design team to masterplan the building services, energy and sustainability strategy and the planning application documents have been lodged. The site had future provision for the first district heating connection to the existing South East London CHP waste incinerator, only 750m from the site. All dwellings were designed to CSH level 4 and one wharf to CSH level 6.

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The site's water strategy includes water efficiency and recycling measures as well as the re-creation of a central water body that references one of London's historic, culverted waterways.
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The energy strategy firstly uses passive design, followed by efficient plant and lastly renewable energy generation to reduce CO2 emissions by a predicted 48% over the base case.
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The site-wide energy strategy for The Wharves, Deptford uses a range of low carbon technologies including provision for connection to the nearby South East London CHP waste incinerator.

Ivy Farm

The proposed 1,400sqm farmhouse at Ivy Farm, near Maidstone in Kent, has been designed for a local fruit farmer. We've taken a holistic approach to sustainability and carbon; reducing the embodied energy of the dwelling through the use of natural materials and incorporating local and traditional construction techniques.

We have created a ground-breaking on-site energy production scheme to satisfy the requirements of PPS7. It focuses around an on-site anaerobic digestion CHP plant, which will convert waste fruit from the farming process into heat and power, rather than being sent to landfill. This renewable energy contribution will offset the house's total carbon dioxide emissions, achieving the requirements of Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6.

The thermal performance of facade elements will be improved to Passivhaus levels. Sunlight and heat are controlled by external shading devices inspired by the surrounding orchards.

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Our energy strategy for Ivy Farm is based on the orchard context achieving zero carbon emissions through the use of the farmer’s fruit waste.
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Ivy Farm was predicted to have negative embodied carbon emissions, and emissions in use. It was designed to run on organic waste diverted from landfill, and sequester carbon in its timber structure.

Mile End Student Accommodation

This new build, 582-bed student accommodation was completed in 2011 in Tower Hamlets, London. It is built on the site of a former car-showroom and nightclub. The narrow site runs parallel to the Mile End Road along its entire northern edge, a particularly busy and noisy road.

The design approach follows the Energy Hierarchy, with the development requiring 8% less energy than the respective ‘baseline’ building due to passive design features and efficient fabric. A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system was considered for the development, with the whole site operating together for energy production and use. Ground source heating and cooling is used to reduce the CO2 emissions even further.

The sustainability statement successfully demonstrated how the development addressed the wider sustainability agendas such as material selection, water use reduction (including rainwater harvesting) and waste reduction. Advice was given on minimising summertime overheating, and contribution to the urban heat island, as well as adapting to climate change.

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This 582 bed student accommodation block on the Mile End Road had a 37% improvement in CO2 emissions over Building Regulations.

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