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In 2021 we will further develop our application of integrated innovation to help secure operational efficiency measures, through Embodied Carbon (EC) and Circular Economy (CE) workstreams (looking towards WLC models), aligned with the increased use of BIM. These improvements will be instigated through supply chain innovation roundtable events, based on Chatham House principles, to accelerate sectorial solutions to these challenges.

Rocio Aldana-Sanchez, Senior Pre-Construction Coordinator, BLL Champion


In preparing for our 2030 commitments, we have reviewed our innovation plans in response to new policies, building regulations and the FHS. Through advocacy and engagement, this will result in the transformation of industry practices to create low carbon communities and homes.

Through our Innovation Forum, we have been monitoring the planning and delivery of projects using a range of innovations including optimised apartment layouts, prefabricated elements including pods, pugs mechanical systems and cladding systems. We have achieved a 17 per cent investment under the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) Joint Industry Working Group Modern Methods of Construction Definition Framework.

Even though our opportunities to innovate depend on the detail of the planning consent for each project, we remain on target to achieve a 20 per cent investment in modern methods of construction during 2023.

100 per cent of our new build schemes benefit from low carbon or renewable technologies and we are transitioning from gas-led infrastructure to decarbonised electrified systems through either air or ground source heat pumps. When connecting to neighbourhood systems we are advocating similarly progressive strategies to support a holistic transition for communities. Given our schemes’ sustainable locations, we are including less car parking provision but when available we install at least 20 per cent EV charging points and increasingly circa-80 per cent passive infrastructure for residents. This approach coalesces with the Green Travel Plans we provide at all schemes.

To ensure we are preparing for the FHS we design in accordance with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Technical Guidance TM59 and undertake Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE). This means we are working towards closing the gap between design and performance on operational energy use. POE is providing important data to inform the project lifecycle and improved operational expenditure (OPEX) for our partners and customers. This work is aligned with our commitment to enhancing fabric efficiency standards, achieving a B-rated Environmental Performance Certificate (EPCs) and targeting at least a 40 per cent CO2 emissions improvement compared with 2010 Building Regulations.

We are committed to the FHS and continue to measure our projects in achieving BREEAM Excellent ratings. Along with the NextGeneration emerging innovation proposal, we believe each methodology creates a format to independently demonstrate our sustainability performance. These complementary approaches (along with SBT and TCFD) provide all stakeholders with the confidence that their investments are futureproofed, the user experience is improved and asset obsolescence is mitigated.

During 2020 our partners have not requested Building Research Establishment (BRE) Home Quality Mark (HQM), WELL assessments or the highest BREEAM standards. Nevertheless, during 2021 we will monitor appetite for these criteria and prepare our practices in readiness, as we believe there is a growing demand for green finance, underpinned by such assessment methodologies.

In parallel, we will continue to develop our build to rent customer offer in addition to a continuous review of smart building ideas. This work includes moving from a CAPEX to an OPEX focused model, to reduce wasted expenditure in the operation of future buildings. Furthermore, in the future, project-specific ESG commitments will result in better community wellbeing and cohesion.

Our ESG agenda is being brought to life at Stone Studios with The Creative Land Trust taking ownership of 180 genuinely affordable studios for local artists and creatives, building on the vibrant and distinctive nature of the Hackney Wick area, locking in cultural benefits and creating new economic opportunities for local residents.

Will Knight, Senior Customer Service Manager, BLL Champion



Residential development of 120 mixed-tenure new homes.

In 2017 Telford Homes acquired Stone Studios from the JV Groveworld and PTE Architects. The medium-density mixed-used scheme replaces existing warehouse and office space with new loft apartments, and affordable workspace designed for local artists and creatives.

Its new public realm consists of landscaped yards and pedestrian lanes, with routes to the Queen Elizabeth Park. Benefitting from direct access to Hackney Wick Station, the scheme enjoys a sustainable location. It is largely car free (apart from disabled car parking) and benefits from 100 per cent secure bicycle parking. Given the tri-Borough (including Newham and Tower Hamlets) Air Quality Management Area, climate change, adaptation, mitigation and resilience measures – such as net-positive biodiversity green infrastructure and brown/blue-roofs – will help improve local air quality. Residents and users will be encouraged to participate in sustainable lifestyle activities. 

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