Vorley Road is a pilot scheme for the London Borough of Islington to help address the climate emergency. The exemplar Passivhaus project will target net zero carbon whilst delivering 72 homes, of which 51% will be for social rent.
All the homes are dual or triple aspect with views towards the park or city beyond. The full-width balconies serve a dual purpose of providing private amenity space and solar shading, allowing for larger areas of glazing than might otherwise be recommended for a Passivhaus scheme.
An innovative heat pump heating system, along with the ‘fabric first’ approach when developing the scheme, will help deliver cheaper heating costs for residents and improve energy efficiency. Other devices, such as brise soleil, have been implemented differently on each building depending on the angle of the sun.
The scheme will also include new community facilities in a civic podium, consisting of a new home for Archway Library and a medical centre. The three buildings above carefully mediate between the 1960s massing of the town centre ‘island’ and the surrounding Girdlestone Estate. Much needed improvements will be undertaken for the local park and streetscape, with additional planting, sustainable urban drainage systems and revived play areas.Disclaimer
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Islington Council has approved plans for the mixed-use development at 4 Vorley Road.
Designed by Levitt Bernstein architects, the 72 new homes will be built to Passivhaus standard, with high levels of comfort and very high energy efficiency, lower energy bills and less impact on the environment.
37 units will be council homes, all with access to private balconies, and housing will be made available to local residents in housing need under Islington’s local lettings policy. 35 units will be offered for private sale.
A new Archway Library, medical centre, and improvements will also be built in the project, which was given the green light on 6th December by Islington’s Planning Committee.
Cllr Diarmaid Ward, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Development, commented: “As we build a more equal Islington, we want everyone to have a place to call home that is secure, decent and genuinely affordable.
“These 37 new council homes in Vorley Road will provide fantastic housing for families in desperate need, in the face of London’s housing crisis.
“This pioneering net-zero scheme will also help meet the demands of the climate emergency, as it minimises heat loss and energy bills at a time of soaring cost of living.”
Work is due to start in 2023 with completion expected in 2024.
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