Lancaster West Estate
Lancaster West Estate, a large housing estate in North Kensington originally built as municipal housing as part of the slum clearances of the 1960s, is currently undergoing a major refurbishment. Works include energy efficient glazed windows,new roofing and wall insulation, renewable heating sources and new ventilation systems all meaning residents will benefit from austainable energy-warmer homes, and more attractive buildings.
The refurbishment forms the first part of the Council’s sustainability plan, which will see over £100m invested to reach Kensington and Chelsea’s target of being carbon neutral in its operations by 2030. The refurbishments are part of a wider programme to transform Lancaster West into a model 21st Century social housing estate, with £58 million committed by Kensington and Chelsea Council and the Government. Measures already underway include introducing smart thermostats, LED spotlights and electric vehicles; and switching to net-zero energy providers when homes become empty.
We have worked alongside Kensington and Chelsea Council for the past 12 months developing 11 buildings on the site utilising deep retrofit in line with Energiesprong and the Carbon Trust retrofit accelerator.
We have also provided advice on HNIP funding requirements. Initial feasibility was carried to establish the base load for the buildings on the site and make comparisons to differing servicing options. The energy targets have been ambitious for a retrofit project with many homes achieving below 29kwhr/m2.
Passivhaus standards have been targeted for all buildings.
TACE have provided the MEP design to Stage 3 and are maintained as RBKC client advisers throughout the works.