Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Foster set to follow BedZED's lead

  • Comment

The eco-developer behind Bill Dunster's award-winning BedZED scheme is to team up with Foster and Partners to build 2,000 homes in the Thames Gateway.

Together the BioRegional Development Group and Foster are hoping to produce concept designs for a zero-waste, zero-carbon community which would house up to 5,000 people.

The unexpected collaboration follows news that Foster has joined forces with Jean Nouvel to develop a tower for the Bucklesbury House site near the Bank of England.

Only two months ago Foster also announced that he would be linking up with another unlikely stablemate, Frank Gehry, to participate in a competition to rejuvenate the Milan Fiera trade fair (AJ 1.4.04).

This latest project, Z-squared, is among the first major schemes aimed at regenerating more than 1,000ha of brownfield land alongside the Thames - an area stretching from Tower Bridge to Thurrock.

The concept will use information gathered from BioRegional's successful BedZED development - the Beddington Zero Energy Development, Wallington, Surrey - which won the sustainability prize at last year's RIBA Awards.

Other partners on the One Planet Living project include the World Wide Fund for Nature, Fulcrum Consulting and Cyril Sweet.

In the coming months BioRegional will be working with the Thames Gateway London Partnership of local authorities to identify a site for the Z-squared proposal and hopes to secure support from a consortium of industry, local government and NGO partners.

A spokeswoman for BioRegional said: 'We are pretty sure the Thames Gateway project will happen if we get the investors on board.

'Z-squared will turn information and ideas on waste management and resource efficiency into a living, working example of sustainable living for 5,000 people within Europe's largest regeneration area.'

If it gets off the ground, the Z-Squared project may become just one in a chain of green-powered communities across Europe.

Last week BioRegional began discussions with the Welsh Development Agency to find a location for a new 1,000-home eco-village.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs