The scheme at Crouch Hill Park is transforming unkempt, metropolitan open land in North London into an exemplar carbon-negative development. Plans include a new building for Ashmount Primary School and Bowlers Nursery, which is the focus of the BREEAM Certification. The surrounding parkland is undergoing complete regeneration and a youth centre on the site will be renovated. The project will also supply low carbon energy to nearby affordable housing.
The brief set by the local authority outlined targets for zero carbon emissions during operation, zero waste during demolition and construction, zero parking on site and a BREEAM Outstanding rating for the new building.
Designs are based on the concept of a tree house to connect the building with the surrounding woodland environment. The combination of a sophisticated energy strategy, low impact materials and ecological enhancement across the entire site has resulted in a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
The project has been awarded £500k through the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Low and Zero Carbon Schools – Pilot and Exemplar Projects initiative.