UK’s largest Passivhaus development reaches climax
Construction at Agar Grove in Camden has reached a new milestone with the ‘filling in’ of the final phase of 125 homes. Representatives from Camden Council and The Hill Group took part in the event to mark the achievement of the highest point of the building’s concrete structure.
Agar Grove is an award-winning development built by The Hill Group for Camden Council as part of its Community Investment Programme, through which it invests over £1billion in the construction of schools, homes and community facilities in the borough. When completed, Agar Grove will be the largest Passivhaus development in the UK, offering energy efficient and innovatively designed homes. The master plan for the regeneration of the estate calls for a total of nearly 500 homes for new and existing residents.
Councilor Danny Beales from Camden Council led the completion ceremony adding the final small feature to the top of the concrete wall to mark this milestone in the project. The latest phase of this six-phase development includes 35 Camden Living homes and five social housing units. In addition, there will be 85 homes for private sale. Ongoing construction work also includes a convenient retail unit, as well as public realm and landscaping.
Cllr Danny Beales, Cabinet Member of the Cabinet Member for New Homes, Jobs and Community Investment, said: ‘At Camden we are proud to build the first new generation council homes, including in Agar Grove where the innovative and award-winning homes we have built are helping to meet some of the biggest challenges we face in Camden. We have built bigger homes which will prevent overcrowding and give our families space to grow, and some of the most energy efficient homes in the UK, which help residents move out of fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. at a time when bills are rising and there is an urgent need to act on climate change.
“This is an important milestone for Agar Grove and for local residents who we have partnered with to create a new shared vision for their area and to provide the improved homes they desperately need. From a 1960s estate that was in disrepair, with cramped apartments and disconnection from surrounding streets, residents of Agar Grove can now feel connected to their community in homes one-third larger on an estate that benefits common green spaces, areas for children to play and new retail units.
Andy Hill, Managing Director of The Hill Group comments: “We are delighted to reach this key point in the construction of Agar Grove and to bring plans for this innovative new development to fruition. We have worked with Camden Council since the first phase of development and look forward to continuing this successful partnership. The Hill Group is committed to helping its partners go further in achieving sustainable, low-energy homes, to meet the needs not only of residents today, but also those of tomorrow.
The two previous phases of Agar Grove, completed in 2018 and 2021 respectively, delivered 72 new social housing units, 23 housing units for sale and two new public squares. The redevelopment has already received numerous awards including, most recently, the 2022 Camden Design Awards, 2022 RICS Awards, 2021 New London Architecture Awards and 2021 Passivhaus Trust Awards.