New Cranes Court, a 28 dwelling Code Level 6 housing scheme in Basildon designed by AECB member The Tooley & Foster Partnership is shortlisted for a 2012 Sustainable Housing Award by social housing magazine Inside Housing. The project received an International Green Apple Award for the Built Environment earlier this year.
An exemplar of eco-friendly place making, it meets Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with typical running costs for a four bedroom house of £6 a week for heating, lighting and hot water.
New Cranes Court replaces 1970’s hostel accommodation, which had attracted anti-social behaviour. New south facing courtyards and private rear gardens provide a sense of place and reduce crime.
Client Swan Housing required Code Level 6, but the planners refused solar panels due to the nearby listed church. ‘Fabric first’ high energy efficiency was achieved with triple glazing, factory made SIPS panels, good air tightness and ventilation with heat recovery. A glycerol bio-fuelled CHP plant provides carbon neutral electricity and hot water to all homes. Low water use wcs and bathroom fittings reduce water demand, and flood reducing SUDS drainage is included.
Project architect Peter Ranken is now a Certified Passivhaus Designer and The Tooley & Foster Partnership are also shortlisted for the 2012 Sustainable Social Housing Consultancy award.
Find out more about The Tooley and Foster Partnership here