Sulgrave Gardens is a well-designed scheme with good architectural detail that over time is ageing well. Cartwright Pickard put a lot of resources into the project looking at the detail so that the finished product has got the right materials and is built to last.
David Woods, Development Director, Octavia Housing
Sulgrave Gardens comprises 30 family homes in four blocks with a mix of typologies (houses, apartments and maisonettes) and tenures (9 homes for affordable rent, 13 for shared ownership and 8 private houses) in a conservation area in West London. At the time of certification, Sulgrave Gardens was the largest Passivhaus development in London. The scheme is arranged in four blocks. Two are Passivhaus certified and two designed to Passivhaus principles.
The houses to Sulgrave Road have been designed to re-establish and reinforce the Victorian street frontage. Creating a vertical rhythm along the terrace, they maintain the height and echo the richness of fenestration pattern and layering commonly associated with Victorian domestic architecture.
Sliding louver panels running along a track in front of the windows provide movable solar shading to south and south-west facing façade windows, to reduce the thermal gain inside and control the levels of direct light. These will be open during winter months and can be closed during sunny summer days. A textured brickwork surface adds visual interest when the shutters are drawn. The landscaping unifies the four buildings and has been designed to be high quality yet low maintenance. An attractive, planted approach is created with a pedestrian-priority shared surface. The external areas have been designed to encourage sociability and informal play.
Client Octavia Housing
Location Hammersmith, London
- Hammersmith Society Awards – Sustainability Award
- National Housing Awards – Best Sustainable Scheme
- Sustainable Housing Awards (Shortlisted)
- Brick Awards – Best Development 6-25 units (Shortlisted)
- Building Awards – Sustainable Development of the Year (Shortlisted)
- RICS London Awards – Residential Award (Shortlisted)
- Housing Innovation Awards – Most Innovative Affordable Housing Scheme (Shortlisted)
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Passive house certification:
Blocks A&B : certified.
Blocks C&D: not certified (not enough solar gains and/or compacity for rationally acheiving Passive house standard).
Air tightness n50 = 0.4/h result of the press.test =0,36
Annual heating demand 13 kWh /(m2a )
Heating load 12 W/m2
Primary energy requirement 112 kWh /(m2a ) on heating installation, domestic hot water, household electricity and auxiliary electricity
Blocks A & D (timber frame): 102. mm facing brickwork externally, followed inside by 50mm cavity, 90mm phenolic insulation, breather membrane, 142mm SIPs panel, airtightness layer, 25mm timber battened service zone 2x15mm plasterboard lining with skim finish. U-value: 0.103
Block B & C (concrete frame): 102.5mm facing brickwork externally, followed inside by 50mm cavity, 90mm phenolic insulation, breather membrane, 142mm SIPs panel, airtightness layer, 25mm timber battened service zone 2x15mm plasterboard lining with skim finish. U-value: 0.103
Blocks B, C & D have some areas of aluminium cladding, with a similar build-up behind. U-value: 0.097
Block A & D: 500x250mm fibre cement slate externally, followed underneath by 25mm timber battens, 25mm timber counter battens, breather membrane, 80mm phenolic insulation, airtightness layer, 25mm timber battened service zone, 2x15mm plasterboard lining with skim finish: U-value: 0.103
Block B & C (concrete roof): 50mm paving on spacers, followed underneath by geotextile membrane, 360mm phenolic insulation, fully bonded waterproof membrane, 240mm reinforced concrete slab, airtightness layer lapping onto underside of concrete slab, services zone (varies), 1x15mm plasterboard lining with skim finish or suspended, ceiling in communal lobbies. U-value: 0.1
Block B (timber joisted roof): 50mm paving on spacers, geotextile membrane, 360mm phenolic insulation, fully bonded waterproof membrane, 18mm WBP board, 245mm timber engineered I-joists filled with mineral wool insulation. 9mm OSB board, airtightness layer, services zone (varies), 1x15mm plasterboard lining with skim finish or suspended ceiling in communal lobbies. U-value: 0.093
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