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Photo of one of the 3 towers which ECD refurbished on the Edward Wood Estate

Edward Woods

Shepherd's Bush

Client: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Project Value: £16.3m
Brief: Complete refurbishment and rooftop extensions for three residential towers
Sustainability Initiatives: Re-use of existing building, thermal overcladding upgrade to current building regs, Photovoltaics panels, Solar Thermal Collectors, and condensing boilers

The refurbishment of the three 1970s residential towers on the Edward Woods Estate has become an exemplar project of sustainable tower block regeneration. (For example see the LSE High Rise Hope and the LSE High Rise Hope Revisited reports copies of which is published on our Library page.)  The project involved extensive overcladding and incorporates the largest building-integrated renewable energy array in London greatly reducing resident energy bills and comfort as well as the maintenance costs of the building.

Further value has been added to the towers through the creation of four super-insulated low-carbon flats at each tower’s roof level, and the conversion of under-utilised ground level storage areas into office space for rent to local charitable organisations.

Other works included the redecoration of lifts and landings, enhancement of the recycling collection areas, and improved satellite reception equipment. All these measures extend the life of the buildings beyond current expectations and significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the estate.