Affordable Social Housing – Retrofit

London Borough of Newham

Cayford Design was appointed as lead architect for the retrofit of social housing for the Local Authority;  a pair of dilapidated 30 year old buildings is to be renovated to near Enerphit standard.  Due to the scale of their housing demand the Local Authority client realised retrofit renovation for this site would be the speediest way to deliver the required accommodation.

Key Outcomes

This project shows the model of a way to retrofit existing poor quality buildings into highly comfortable residences for the social rental market.  In addition to lower energy bills, the construction uses much less embodied energy than new-build.

Our Approach

The Local Authority brief has a commendable high environmental and social aspiration.  Therefore our challenge has been to meet all these requirements and keep the project affordable.

Our Process

We commenced the project just before lockdown and visited the site.  Subsequently we successfully worked remotely and delivered the design information on time and to a high quality.  We collaborated with Guarda Landscape for the landscape and external works design.

The Results

The project is currently going through the tender procurement process.

  • Customer London Borough of Newham
  • Field Residential
  • Location East London
  • Year 2020
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