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Willmott Dixon to build £10m Passivhaus scheme

The London Borough of Camden has appointed Willmott Dixon to build a 53-home, £10 million scheme to Passivhaus standards.

The scheme will be the UK’s largest residential development built to Passivhaus standards, situated in Highgate.

To achieve the PassivHaus standard, property at design stage must show high levels of insulation with minimal thermal bridges, good use of solar and internal heat gains, excellent air tightness and good indoor air quality provided by a whole house mechanical ventilation system with efficient heat recovery.

Willmott Dixon Capital Works chief executive John Frankiewicz said: “As the need to create ever more energy efficient housing to mitigate against the rise in fuel prices becomes more critical, so will the use of systems like PassivHaus become more common as the standard to deliver affordable energy housing.

“Camden is making a very imaginative and exciting statement on delivering low carbon housing that others will be watching closely.”

The project is part of Camden’s Community Investment Programme and aims to ensure new-build social housing incorporates energy efficiency at design stage, a key element of PassivHaus certification.

The development, known as Chester Balmore, will provide mixed-tenure homes and additional commercial space in three separate blocks, the first new council housing in Camden for almost 30 years. 

Work is due for completion in 2013 and alongside achieving the PassivHaus standard, the homes will be built to a BREEAM Very Good status.

The London Borough of Camden worked with Rick Mather Architects to get the project through planning consent, with Rick Mather Architects retaining a ‘watching brief’ as Willmott Dixon work with the architect Architype, who will provide the detailed design during the construction phase.

This appointment for a ground breaking low carbon project follows another contract awarded earlier this year in North London that will see Willmott Dixon deliver the UK’s first zero carbon school at Crouch Hill Community Park.