Eco Refurb scheme shortlisted

Eco Refurb scheme shortlisted

John McCall Architects’ latest eco refurbishment scheme has been shortlisted in the 2014 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards.

The work transforming a neglected housing estate into a thriving eco-focused development in Broad Lane, Liverpool has been shortlisted in the Regeneration and Design through Innovation categories.

The 74-home scheme was designed for client Liverpool Mutual Homes and saw the practice regenerate an area that was earmarked for demolition a decade ago.

Internally, properties were remodelled to meet modern needs with open-plan living, utility rooms and downstairs bathrooms together with a high-level of internal finish.

John McCall Architect’s Eco Division introduced an array of green features with homes over clad with a thermal structural system and solar panels, ventilation heat recovery systems, triple glazing and LED lighting installed.

The measures have significantly reduced tenants’ fuel bills and cut carbon emissions by 3,000 tonnes making them more efficient than new build house regulations.

The wider streetscape was also redesigned to promote a community atmosphere.

Director at John McCall Architects, Colin Usher, said: “The Broad Lane scheme encapsulates our core skills as a practice: creative use of green technology, innovation and the ability to breathe new life into buildings while enhancing the surrounding area.

“The scheme has subsequently kick-started large-scale regeneration projects adjacent to Broad Lane.

“The end result is fully occupied, high quality, energy efficient homes and a modern neighbourhood whereas before it was blot on the landscape where no-one wanted to live.”