Southwark’s Low Carbon Zone, Peckham have been commended at the Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Awards. The carbon reduction strategy and aesthetic improvement scheme topped the ‘performance in use’ and ‘sustainability’ categories.
As part of the scheme, Southwark Council transformed over 140 houses located within the East Peckham Area Renewal Zone by retrofitting energy saving measures and improving the appearance of properties. The community led scheme comprised of a wide range of building types including mid-Victorian Grade 2 Listed terraces, leasehold, private landlord, housing association and Local Authority Tenants.
A standard package of works was available to all residents which consisted of:
- Brick cleaning
- New front garden walls
- New railings and gates
Vulnerable residents and council owned housing received an enhanced package of works which included the following:
- New roofs and rainwater goods
- New secure front doors
- New windows
- Repairs to brickwork and masonry
- External decoration
- A range of sustainable energy efficiency measures
Residents were offered the chance to design their own garden walls and front gates and all were offered the opportunity of brick cleaning and external decorations. Grants of up to £2,000 were made available to community groups to organise activities and projects aimed at reducing emissions in the zone and promoting environmentally friendly behaviour.
Councillor Barrie Hargrove cabinet member for environment, transport and recycling said:
“It is wonderful to be credited with such a prestigious award. The combination of energy saving measures and external improvements to the homes of our residents has gone a long way in both protecting our environment and bringing a sense of pride to the community.”
Derek Rees, Regional Director of Constructing Excellence in London and the South East commented:
“The construction industry is a vital driver of the UK economy which supports hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs. All our finalists have demonstrated outstanding technical ability and commitment to customer satisfaction, and The Low Carbon Zone team thoroughly deserve the recognition.”
Dayo Oguntona, a local resident on Marmount Road said:
“The council has actually delivered on their promises. I now live in an area I feel proud of and I’m happy to call it home. The energy reduction initiatives have been great too – especially as they bring about savings, something we all need in this current climate.”
Local resident, Mehala Ford said:
“I can’t express how happy I am to see my local area transformed in this way. Some of the work was really simple, but it’s made so much of a difference. The houses now all look uniform and I feel proud of the area I live in.
Low Carbon Zone, Peckham is one of ten zones introduced by the Mayor of London in 2010 in a bid to reduce carbon emissions in London. The multi agency approach brings together Southwark Council, private sector partners and community organisations to reduce the carbon emissions within a local area.