An energy-efficient building, a landscaped garden, bird boxes and a green trellised wall have replaced a petrol station and contaminated land.
The residential accommodation at Stonebridge Hillside Hub has achieved an EcoHomes ‘very good’ rating. Each apartment enjoys good daylight levels, has efficient condensing boilers and low energy light fittings, and its own covered outside cycle space.
The health centre also scores highly with a NEAT ‘excellent’ rating. It has a mixed mode passive ventilation system – to provide natural ventilation to the rooms wherever practically possible – and has exceptionally well insulated walls. Insulation to the whole development exceeds Building Regulations standards by over 20 per cent.
Each of the two wings is wide enough to accommodate a central corridor with rooms and apartments on either side – so all inhabited rooms have both daylight and views.
The community centre uses solar thermal water heating, and rainwater recycling is used to water the garden and flush the public toilets.
Materials are durable, robust and sustainably sourced, as well as visually attractive. Where possible, natural materials were used, for example, the timber ceilings in the community centre, curved glulam beams for the community hall’s roof, and linoleum floors in the health centre.