The £6m project will see ENGIE regenerate the Rye Hill Park garages into two blocks of high-quality homes for social rent. The scheme is part of a wider commitment from Southwark Council to build 11,000 new council homes by 2043 by improving underused sites and existing estates.
The 23 new homes are located within two interlinked blocks, which are designed to provide high levels of fabric efficiency through enhanced thermal insulation levels and airtightness, beyond the requirements of Building Regulations. This will reduce the building’s overall energy demand and in conjunction with energy efficient heating and fittings, will provide residents with warmer homes and lower energy bills.
Roof-mounted photo-electric solar panels will generate ‘green’ electricity to provide direct power to the blocks to meet Southwark Council’s requirement for a 40% overall reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This will reduce the need to draw electricity from the grid, further reducing the overall running costs of the new blocks.
Colin Macpherson, Divisional CEO for ENGIE UK said: “Regeneration of vacant land can play an instrumental role in the provision of much-needed new homes and offers a prime opportunity to future proof our housing stock.
“We’re proud to be supporting Southwark Council on their ambitious journey to deliver 11,000 new council homes; and projects like this – where we can implement important renewables and energy efficiency measures — assist us in our own path to make zero carbon happen.”
Work has now started on site and will take approximately two years to complete.
Pictured above is an artist impression of what the low carbon homes will look like once completed.