Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects design eco sustainable homes in Brighton
Designed to be the most environmentally advanced development
in the UK, the Brighton One Planet Living Community will occupy a derelict site on New England Street, part of the New England Quarter, close to Brighton train station.
The Brighton design has been developed in accordance with the 10 ‘One Planet Living’ principles in order to provide a comprehensive and lifestyle orientated approach to sustainability, by making it easy, attractive and affordable to live sustainably. A key aspect of One Planet Living is to achieve zero carbon emissions, as well as to provide a zero waste plan, use sustainable materials, implement sustainable transport solutions and apply measures to support local and sustainable food and wildlife. It will also include a community centre that will house a number of charitable organisations and provide a resource for local people to use.
Construction of the 172 apartments, including 54 units of affordable housing, is due to commence in August 2007, with the first properties going on sale later this year.
The one, two and three bedroom apartments also include a number of ‘eco-studios’ which provide private affordable housing to the local market and will benefit from access to community space and the community centre.
The zero carbon development will include an energy efficient on-site communal woodchip biomass boiler, supplied from local wood waste that currently goes to landfill, and operated by a community owned energy service company (ESCO). The scheme will include eight on-site roof mounted wind turbines and an array of photovoltaic panels.
As part of the local and sustainable food strategy, residents will be able to grow their own food on-site. These opportunities include roof top automatically-irrigated mini allotment areas, six roof gardens and integrated planters, on balconies, suitable for growing selected edible plants. Links will be established with local providers and farms so that seasonal organic produce can be supplied to the residents.