Lendlease has introduced an innovative new type of home within its UK property portfolio: Futurehome. A significant step in the growth of the company’s residential business and its commitment to sustainable urban development, the pioneering concept delivers advanced low-energy homes designed to stand the test of time.
The Futurehome collection launches later this year, as part of Lendlease’s flagship zone one regeneration project Elephant Park, in Elephant & Castle. The 15 properties combine Victorian townhouse style and a zone one location with the world-leading energy-efficiency standard Passivhaus.
A low-energy construction standard developed in Germany, the Passivhaus certification is the world’s most highly regarded accreditation scheme for ultra energy-efficient living. Futurehome at Elephant Park are the first homes in London’s zone one designed to Passivhaus standard.
Next generation living
Integrating Passivhaus’ modern requirements into a time-honoured design, Futurehome looks beyond technology and typical building methods to create homes that embrace a sustainable vision of urban living in a single design solution.
Futurehome is built on more than 60 years of sustainable development experience and represents the next step for Lendlease in delivering leading, sustainable regeneration projects. The classic Victorian style home remains a staple of central London neighbourhoods, and being able to successfully integrate advanced Passivhaus standards in a classic design is a significant milestone for the industry.
Sustainable home from concept to keys
Futurehome combines Lendlease’s industry expertise with the independent accreditation of Passivhaus. The construction process benefited from cross-laminated timber (CLT), Lendlease’s preferred quicker and greener alternative to concrete or steel structural frames, made from readily available timber sections of renewable softwoods formed into larger structural panels which are light and strong. Building with CLT is largely conducted off site, reducing waste and improving delivery efficiency, meaning the construction process is cleaner, quicker and safer.
Dan Labbad, Lendlease’s Chief Executive Officer, International Operations, said:
“Futurehome marks a significant milestone in how technology and design have evolved in recent years. For the first time in London’s zone one, we have used cutting-edge construction methods to bring the highest energy-efficiency standards together with traditional aesthetics.
“As the only UK project in the C40 Cities Climate Positive Program, Elephant Park is set to be one of the most sustainable major urban regeneration projects in the country. Our progress is built on 60 years of continually asking how we can do better. It is this ambition and tenacity that has led to our track record in social and environmental sustainability.”
UK’s most sustainable residential developer
Lendlease’s residential business had a standout year in 2016, with almost 2,000 homes in the development pipeline. Trafalgar Place, the first phase of Elephant Park, became the only residential scheme shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2016 for connecting the development to the surrounding landscape and local community. In January, Lendlease was recognised as the UK’s Most Sustainable Residential Developer by the NextGeneration Sustainability Benchmark for setting new standards of sustainability and customer engagement, scoring more than double the industry average. The benchmark looked at 15 different assessment sections with more than 70 different criteria, including environmental management, placemaking, and community engagement.