Development Context

Case Studies

Coopers Road
Client Specification and Local Planning Policy

Name of scheme: Coopers Road Estate Regeneration
Location: Southwark, London, SE1
Type of building(s): Housing
No of building(s): 154 new homes
Area (ha) of development: 1.4
Developer: Countryside In Partnership (Main Contractor)
Architect: ECD Architects Ltd
Client: Peabody Trust & London Borough of Southwark
Landowner: Peabody Trust
Planning Authority: Southwark Borough Council
Environmental Ratings Aimed for / achieved: Ecohomes Very Good rating
Website: None

Software: Microsoft Office

3D image of one of the courtyards

Development phase

Images courtesy of ECD Architects

Description of development:
Mixed tenure development of 154 new homes for rent and shared ownership on brown field site.   Four courtyards containing communal gardens, surrounded by residential blocks containing one to three bedroom apartments and three to four bedroom family houses.  

Sustainable construction features included:

Building level: Buildings orientated to benefit from passive solar design, lower storey buildings to south of higher ones to minimise overshadowing, roofs designed to face south were possible to facilitate future installation of PV's, service risers on outside of buildings for ease of access and allow future technologies to be installed, timber and masonry used in preference to steel and plastics in construction

Development level: Brown field site, district heating system using CHP unit (gas powered but hoped it will be wood chip in future), rainwater harvesting for watering the communal gardens, planting of native tree and plant species, dwelling mix designed to be flexible to meet changing future needs, estate roads to be designated Home Zones, cycle storage provision ( every house and ground floor flat has a cycle hoop and each communal courtyard has a covered shelter with secure storage for 8 bikes) .

Reasons for incorporating sustainable construction features:

The sustainable design and construction elements were required by the funder (Housing Corporation), client and planning conditions.   The benefits of these are to meet government targets for energy efficiency and CO 2 reductions, meet current building regulations, and to reduce running and maintenance costs.   It is an aspiration of the service engineers (Max Fordham and Partners) and ECD to achieve zero CO 2 emissions by 2020 without major modifications to the fabric, services or infrastructure of the development.

Additional costs of sustainable construction features:


Planning issues:

The original planning conditions included rainwater storage to the houses.   This was feasible but not desirable as the rainwater pipes are on the front of the houses and the gardens are at the back.   ECD asked the planners if an equivalent amount of storage could be provided in the courtyards for communal use, which they agreed to.   This condition is attached to all large residential approvals by LB of Southwark. The conditions of planning also included secure cycle storage, submission of details of CHP unit, ventilation and sound attenuation.

Other planning conditions included submission of refuse/waste storage, soil/contamination reports, car parking strategy, tree protection, details of temporary youth centre and construction to begin within 5 years of approval date.

The Peabody Trust Design Guide 2001 states that schemes should achieve an Ecohomes rating of 'Good', but the aim was to get a Very Good for Coopers Road.   However the new Guide only requires a 'Pass' rating but the SAP rating requirement has increased from 90 to 100. LB of Southwark now require an Ecohomes rating of Very Good where before it was only Good.



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