Kender Estate Regeneration
At the heart of this regeneration projects was the opportunity to make a difference in the local community, by providing residents and families a better standard of life and pride in their homes. Working with the The Hyde Group Housing Association since 2002 Osborne has delivered 498 much needed, high quality and affordable dwellings across the Kender Estate, totalling £80m.
We planned and organised the regeneration programme carefully over the four phases, from demolition to the phased reconstruction of a modern estate fit for the future. Through consultation with Kender’s residents, creating shared ownership and awareness of the build programme and move dates, we reduced the risk of objections to an otherwise complete rebuild of this inner city estate.
Phases one, two and three were challenging due to the economic climate and we responded by encouraging alternative construction techniques and materials, e.g. proposing a concrete frame instead of a timber frame brought significant savings. Phase 4 completed in 2015 providing 204 units (164 flats and 40 houses).
This regeneration scheme now offers high quality, energy efficient and durable housing with copper cladding and extensive landscaping, improving the overall aesthetics of the estate and helping remove negative social housing preconceptions.
Wandle Housing Association
When Wandle Housing Association (HA) decided to build 158 rented, shared and outright ownership flats, together with 5000m2 of commercial space at Queens Road, Peckham in London, it wanted the scheme to pilot innovative building techniques and sustainable energy-saving features, whilst staying within its £27.7m budget.
Sensitive to these needs and budget, we tailored our approach to deliver a joined up process for greater predictability and control of the project throughout the design and implementation stages. The blocks of flats were built in both timber frame and concrete frame as part of a joint review of value creation. Ten three-storey family houses were built using the Structurally Insulated Panel System (SIPS) from Osborne’s subsidiary, Innovaré. Mindful of Wandle’s sustainability objectives, we incorporated ground heat pumps and photovoltaic roof panels for heating and lighting to communal areas, as well as grey water recycling and rainwater harvesting.
The use of SIPS panels, which are manufactured and assembled offsite, ensured the buildings would be highly energy efficient, strong and cost effective, with the added benefit of reduced tenant running costs. During construction, less time was needed onsite and the use of materials was optimised, thereby minimising waste. Our site process initiatives also helped to minimise noise levels and disturbance to nearby residents.
EcoHomes endorsed the scheme with a rating of ‘Very Good’, while Wandle HA praised the scheme’s project strategy which was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.