Kidbrooke Square is a development comprising of 619 residential dwellings within blocks up to 19 storeys in height (Class C3 use), retail use (Class A1/A3 uses) and business use (Class B1 use). The scheme also provides a nursery (Class D1 use), new station and residential squares and other public realm, hard and soft landscaping. Highways works including bus stop provision, parking, access and servicing arrangements, plant and associated works.

calfordseaden were appointment to carry out RIBA stage 1 to 3, providing mechanical and electrical and sustainability services prior to enable a planning submission.

Our early appointment allowed us to work collaboratively with the developer to review the energy and building services strategy for the scheme. By adopting a coordinated approach from the outset we were able to eliminate areas that would be unacceptable to the planners and the client early on. We developed an options appraisal based on a strong resident first approach that explored a range of low carbon and renewable strategies while working with the Architect to ensure an efficient scheme with riser and drainage designs considered from the outset.

The final design incorporated a communal heating and hot water system delivered by a central boiler and Combined Heating and Power unit (CHP) working in conjunction with photovoltaic arrays on roofs and also to address the planners’ requirement for a communal approach to the energy strategy.