The scheme will deliver 189 affordable, low-energy homes in South-east London

Peabody has appointed Higgins Partnerships to build 189 homes using Passivhaus principles at Deptford Landings in South-east London.

Deptford Landings

Source: Peabody

Peabody says the 189 homes at Deptford Landings will be one of the biggest single-phase Passivhaus projects in the UK to date

The 104,000-home housing association has said it believes this will be one of the biggest single-phase Passivhaus projects in the UK to date.

It will also be Peabody’s first venture into providing homes that achieve Passive House certification.

Passivhaus, translated from German as Passive House, is a set of design principles used to achieve high levels of energy efficiency in buildings, with the aim of maintaining a consistent indoor temperature.

The concept originated from a conversation between Professor Bo Adamson of Lund University, Sweden and Dr Wolfgang Feist of the Institute for Housing and Environment, in Hessen, central Germany. The first Passivhaus pilot scheme was developed in Germany in 1990.

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All 189 Passivhaus homes will be designated as affordable, delivering a mixture of social rent and shared ownership homes.

The development will consist of three eight-storey buildings, two of which will have large roof terraces and a central landscaped courtyard.

Architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Max Fordham engineers are on the project team.

The homes are part of a masterplan being delivered by Lendlease. The global real estate company will deliver an area with shops, a renovated pub, and green spaces connected to a walking and cycling route, The Waterline Way.

Simon Barry, managing director of development at Peabody, said: “At a time when building new, affordable homes in the capital is increasingly challenging, our investment of more than £75m, including grant support, will provide nearly 200 homes for Londoners.

Barry added: “As well as being fully affordable, they’re the first we’re building to Passive House standards. Every home will be low cost and low energy, helping to significantly reduce energy bills for residents while being better for the environment.”

Other housing associations and councils that have successfully delivered Passivhaus housing schemes in the past. In 2011, Hastoe Housing Association, built 14 Passivhaus homes in Wimbish, Essex.

Camden Council is delivering a Passivhaus scheme at Agar Grove, which will deliver a total of 496 new homes once complete. Two earlier phases of Agar Grove were completed in 2018 and 2021. 

Salford Council is set to deliver 200 affordable Passivhaus homes, with the first phase of development now complete and the final phase due to be handed over before the summer of 2024.