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Chance de Silva reveals plans for 'eco-homes cluster'

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London-based practice Chance de Silva and Mike Nightingale of Nightingale Architects have teamed up to build a cluster of eco-homes in south east London

The 238 m² scheme in Forest Hill, known as E-Lo Vale, features a trio of two-bed houses built around a shared courtyard.

According to the design team, the buildings are ‘highly insulated, triple-glazed’ and feature an exhaust air heat pump connected to solar and photovoltaic panels.A wood-burning stove will ‘top up’ the heating in winter.

Each home has a green roof with a first floor deck facing into the communal space at the heart of the development. Set into the sloping backland of the site, the houses are timber framed and clad with salvaged timber flooring.

Stephen Chance of Chance de Silva told the AJ: ‘We are building on quite an awkward infill site. Rather than building a new block that takes up lots of space, we’ve tidied up a plot that’s been derelict for donkey’s years’.

Chance de Silva and Nightingale initially planned the development for one small plot of land, but later purchased a larger plot from Lewisham council, knocking down some derelict garages in order to ‘knit the houses into the local area’, said Chance.

The three units, although not designed specifically for a co-housing group, are likely to suit sustainability-conscious owner occupiers, and the scheme will be a prototype for future ‘E-Lo’ projects.

A second small ‘E-Lo’ development is currently in the planning process in Oxfordshire, and Chance hopes to increase the density of housing in rural areas.

The houses are currently on site in Forest Hill with an expected completion date in April 2015.

Project data

Architects: Chance de Silva
Location: Forest Hill, London
Type Of Project: Three new build eco-houses
Structural Engineers: Conisbee
Project Architect: Stephen Chance
Client: E-LO Vale Limited
Funding: E-lo Vale Ltd and Barclays.
Tender date: Spring 2014
Start on site date: August 2014
Contract duration: 12 months
Gross internal floor area: 238 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional JCT Intermediate
M&e consultant: Synergy
Planning supervisor: Flood Group
Main contractor: TBA Contractors Limited
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Nor-Dan windows, Blackdown biodiversity roof, NIBE exhaust air heat pumps.


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