Barnsbury Estate Shortlisted at Retrofit Academy CIC Awards 2024

Barnsbury Estate Shortlisted at Retrofit Academy CIC Awards 2024

We are thrilled to see that the Barnsbury Estate Regeneration project has been shortlisted for the Best Social Housing Retrofit Programme Award at the Retrofit Academy CIC Awards 2024. Martin Arnold have been acting as Project Management Consultant and Retrofit Coordinator on the project, working alongside client Housing Association Newlon Housing and Architects Pollard Thomas Edwards.

The masterplanning project is delivering a transformation of the existing Barnsbury Estate which involves building hundreds of new homes as well as retrofitting 275 existing properties to improve their energy performance and reduce energy bills. Resident consultation has been at the heart of the development with the design team hosting presentations and workshops, as well as distributing newsletters. Newlon have also maintained an active presence on site, allowing residents to contact the housing association to inform the design proposals.

A single block was selected as the focus for the first phase of the development, helping to set the most efficient design and sustainability strategy which will then be applied to the remaining blocks. Pollard Thomas Edwards’ team of Architects and Passive House Designers have implemented a fabric-first approach involving increasing loft insulation, replacing windows and using external wall insulation wrapped in brick slips. MVHR systems has also been introduced as well as electric boilers, in place of gas boilers. New kitchen and bathrooms also form part of the plans, as well as a range of new layout options. The focus has been on delivering homes which are warmer, mould free, promote improved air quality and are space efficient.

An exemplar scheme for the retrofitting sector – we look forward to the winners being announced in March.