Wolvercote Road

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects, London, 2012


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  • Aerial view - Property highlighted in red    
  • Site Plan - Property Highlighted in Red    
  • Ground and first floor plans    
  • Second floor and roof plans    
  • Sections    
  • Wall build-up and structural assembly Sketch    
  • Perspective Section Render - Before Refurbishment    
  • Perspective Section Render - Proposed    
  • Detailed sections    
  • Simplified Insulation Build-up    

A sustainable retrofit of a family home on the Thamesmead estate

Owned by Gallions Housing Association, the home on the Thamesmead Estate was constructed using a pre-cast ‘French Balency’ system with a minimal 50mm layer of insulation and single glazing. The addition of superinsulated external cladding and triple glazing throughout has achieved an 87 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions.

Fresh air is provided by a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery meanwhile renewable electricity and water heating is provided by ten photovoltaic panels and a vacuum tube collector on the roof.

The project is currently being monitored using wireless monitoring equipment to record internal temperatures, CO2 levels, power consumption and energy generation.


  • Begun: Nov 2010
  • Completed: May 2012
  • Floor area: 145m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £268,795
  • Funding: Part funded by the Technology Strategy Board
  • Tender date: May 2010
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • CO2 Emissions: 97kg/m2/year
  • Address: 55 Wolvercote Road, Thamesmead, London, SE2 9TG, United Kingdom

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