Two sites in Islington have been transformed into new eco-friendly social housing. Ten new homes have been constructed on the site, which was formerly occupied by the old Boleyn Road area housing office; this is combined with the redevelopment of the former Armour Close garage site by building four new dwellings. In total the development has provided:
Planning permission for the two schemes was granted in January 2008 once all consultation had been carried out with the residents in the local areas. The nominated contractor, Mansell Construction Services, began work on site on the 4th August 2008.
As part of the planning permissions, Homes for Islington committed to a green development, ensuring that at least 20% of the energy that would be used by the dwelling be from renewable sources. The finished homes incorporate ground-source and air-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and green sedum roofs. As a result of the renewable technologies incorporated into the design of the development, the schemes were awarded with a Code 4 level of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Armour Close & Boleyn Road were the first new social housing to be built in the borough in 20 years.
Client: Homes for Islington
Structural Engineer: Ellis and Moore
Contractor: Mansell Construction Services