Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association chose PRP to design a series of measures that would enhance the Higham Hill Road neighbourhood in east London. Among the implemented proposals were measures such as renovating shop fronts, tree planting, resurfacing pavements and new exercise equipment for Higham Hill Recreation Ground.
PRP also designed new accommodation, which replaced garages and short-term bed-sits with two buildings, delivering 24 units in a variety of dwelling typologies. All accommodation is dual aspect, taking advantage of natural light and ventilation, and is designed to Lifetime Homes standards. A fully affordable development, Higham Hill demonstrates how quality and innovation can be delivered, regardless of tenure.
The homes have been designed to ensure all accommodation is dual aspect, taking advantage of natural light and ventilation. The scheme offers an innovative design solution by altering the traditional roof profile to the rear in order to gain additional habitable areas.
All dwellings offer high levels of accessibility and sustainability, achieving Lifetime Homes standards the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4* ‘plus’ target, maximising the reduction in CO2 emissions to 60% - which exceeds the mandatory 44% target required. The dwellings include a range of renewable technologies including photovoltaic and solar hot water panels, as well as whole house ventilation with heat recovery.
Although modest in both scale and budget, the high design quality and exceeding environmental performance make this project exceptional. Higham Hill Road is an example of a truly sustainable development, as it demonstrates how social housing can and should be about quality and longevity, in conjunction with innovation, environmental and contextual sensitivity.