East London’s largest Passivhaus scheme gets OK

Cate St Hill

Maccreanor Lavington's passivhaus, Rainham, Essex

Starts on site in June

The largest Passivhaus development in East London, designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects, has been given the go ahead.

Located on a brownfield site in Rainham, Essex, the development between Circle Housing Group and Climate Energy Homes features 51 affordable homes ranging from three and four bedroom houses to smaller one and two bedroom apartments.

The scheme also features amenity space, car and cycle parking, landscaping and a pumping station.

The building will use an ecoTECH building system that delivers a factory built timber frame to site complete with breather membranes, insulation and plasterboard, and triple-glazed windows and doors.

Richard Blakeway, deputy mayor for housing at the Greater London Authority, said: “This is a great example of how public land can be brought back into use for much needed affordable housing. With its excellent green credentials, this development showcases what is possible with innovative, intelligent design.”

Work will start on site in June.

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