Crouch Hill Park, London, UK


crouch_hill_long_cropThe 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.

breeam_awards2012winnerThe 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.