Monthly Archives: August 2014

London to get the UK’s first floating village

Plans to build Britain’s first floating village at London’s Royal Docks has moved a step closer after the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, revealed that Carillion Igloo Genesis had won the competition to design and build it.

London Floating Village

In February 2013 the London Mayor unveiled ambitious plans to create a floating village as part of his ongoing drive to transform London’s Royal Docks. The village will bring jobs, commercial space and homes back to the capital’s waterways and is a first for the UK.

Following a competition, Carillion Igloo Genesis has been selected to develop the 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Dock site, transforming it into a thriving community with floating homes and a mix of non-residential uses including a large multi-purpose events space, restaurants, cafes, leisure and office space. Plans for additional facilities, such as a floating lido and an ice rink were also proposed as part of the bid.

Floating developments are already popular on the continent and throughout Scandinavia, with successful schemes at Ijburg near Amsterdam and Hafen City in Hamburg. This scheme takes inspiration from the tried and tested floating homes at Ijburg, and Dutch floating structures experts Mark van Ommen of Floatbase and Ton van Namen of Monteflore – who have already delivered exemplar schemes of over 300 floating structures – have assisted on the project. Continue reading

BRE unveiled plans to develop a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes

BRE consults with house-building industry on development of a new homes standard.

BRE (Building Research Establishment) recently unveiled plans to develop a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes that will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace by recognising performance beyond minimum regulation and provide increased choice for the consumer.

It is inviting all those involved with the delivery of housing as well as consumers to have their say on what should be included in the standard.

The Department for Communities and Local Government Housing Standards Review (HSR) and the subsequent proposed changes to the regulatory landscape is part of the reason for the recent announcement. These include the dissolution of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the incorporation of some of its elements into the building regulations.

Gavin Dunn, Director of BREEAM, said:

“We have our own ideas on the critical issues we need to address in future housing delivery – things like resilience to adverse and extreme weather: flooding, wind,  overheating – mental and physical health & wellbeing of occupants, resource efficiency, increased biodiversity, low energy, water and maintenance costs and  improved connectivity. It is essential that the industry and homeowners engage with us so we can develop a tool that people and the industry want to use because it provides increased quality and choice for the consumer, and drives innovation and improvements across the housing supply chain.” Continue reading