At the Housing Innovation Awards 2016 on the 18th February the Halsall Lloyd Partnership achieved awards in two categories for projects in Oldham and Sefton.
‘B.Green’ for First Choice Homes Oldham won top award for the Most Innovative Regeneration Scheme. The project was also commended in the Most Innovative Retrofit Category. B.Green is a collaboration that has brought 21million of investment to people in 1,400 homes. The scheme includes physical improvements to homes and environment while engaging the community. HLP’s role includes both architectural and landscape design transforming the image and thermal performances of 60’s flat blocks and houses as well as creating a living environment conducive to community life.
B.Green is a partnership between FCHO, Oldham Council and British Gas to deliver a £10million ECO scheme to tackle fuel poverty. The project will see work to 1400 homes in the St Marys/Horsedge, Barker Street, Coldhurst, Burnley and Egerton Street involving over 2500 residents. The work to the building fabric has been complemented by a further £11million investment in environmental improvement. The proposals were developed through a number of local consultation events across each area. The External Wall Insulation cladding of system-built houses, maisonettes and flats created the opportunity for transformational change on a large scale. This improvement in thermal performance was enhanced by the use of a biomass district heating energy centre.
The External Wall Insulation design used a palette of earthy tones to break up the mass of the larger buildings and create gateway features and bespoke details. This new aesthetic was integrated with a programme for new communal and entrance areas to increase accessibility.
The environmental masterplan improved the open spaces to enhance the identity and character of the estates through the creation of green routes, fruit trails and community gardens. The landscape improvements increased biodiversity, enhanced way-finding at the entrance to the neighbourhoods and managed existing tree- scapes.
HLP’s scheme tackled a range of issues: -
Parking Garages Footpaths and pavements Green spaces Bin storage Gardens
The design response put forward a strategic approach including contextual analysis of links, connections and local facilities. This enabled design proposals that responded to site issues while also successfully emphasising:-
Identity and character of the estates; Nodes and focal points Thresholds, edges and boundaries Progressive views on linear paths within the estate Way finding and landmarks
The community green route/fruit route and the stimulus of landscape for health and wellbeing The combination of refurbishment, thermal upgrades and environmental improvement have given these dense
housing areas a new lease of life creating safer, sustainable neighbourhoods in which residents have pride.