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Farrimond House

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Location: Barking

Brick Manufacturer: Forterra PLC

Brick Name: Shelton Red

Architect: Pitman Tozer Architects Ltd

Brickwork Contractor: AVV Solutions Ltd

About the project

Farrimond House: Celebrating High-Quality Brickwork in Sustainable Affordable Housing

Farrimond House, the latest phase of the Gascoigne East Estate regeneration by Be First in Barking, designed by Pitman Tozer Architects, sets a new benchmark for sustainable design in the borough. This project delivers 124 affordable homes and stands out as Be First’s first net zero carbon in use building, setting a high standard for sustainable, affordable housing in the UK, with a strong emphasis on high-quality brickwork.

Architectural Design and Community Focus

Farrimond House is designed as a ‘castle-like’ perimeter block around a central courtyard garden, promoting community interaction through gallery access walkways that enclose the inner courtyard. The building’s varied heights ensure optimal daylight for the homes while complementing the neighbouring terrace houses. Ground floor homes are raised to address flood risks, and communal entrances are strategically placed at the block’s corners for easy access.

High-Quality Brickwork: the robust building envelope.

The use of high-quality brickwork is a defining feature of Farrimond House, providing both aesthetic appeal and building performance. The robust brick façade not only ensures durability but also offers a visually pleasing, timeless appearance that enhances the overall character of the building. A palette of good quality brickwork with simple detailing, helped to create a viable, deliverable scheme that will stand the test of time.

Sustainable Design and Net Zero Carbon

Farrimond House’s was designed to deliver ambitious net zero Carbon in use, to provide low running costs to the residents. Featuring 100% dual aspect flats to maximize cross-ventilation and solar gains, alongside high-performing building fabric to reduce heating needs, the design integrates photovoltaic panels on all roof spaces to cut the building’s carbon footprint. Landscape architect Turkington Martin incorporated green roofs, swales, and rain gardens enhancing the sustainable urban drainage strategy and promoting biodiversity.

Historical Inspiration and Modern Efficiency

Drawing from historical courtyard housing, Farrimond House optimizes natural light and ventilation while fostering communal living, while maintaining energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The central courtyard, serves as a communal garden, encouraging social interaction and providing a safe, child-friendly environment.

Each home’s dual aspect design ensures ample natural light and cross-ventilation, reducing reliance on artificial lighting and mechanical cooling systems. The extensive use of rooftop photovoltaic panels and energy-efficient construction materials are pivotal in achieving net zero carbon status, significantly lowering both the carbon footprint and utility bills for residents. The integration of water management systems like swales and rain gardens, along with green roofs, underscores the project’s commitment to sustainability and ecological balance.

Farrimond House is the fusion of historical architectural architype - courtyard housing - with contemporary sustainable design. It sets a benchmark for future affordable housing projects, demonstrating that it is possible to deliver high-quality, energy-efficient homes that foster community spirit and environmental stewardship. This project is an example of how thoughtful design and strategic planning can create affordable, sustainable, and beautiful living spaces for residents and enhance the urban realm through its careful use of brickwork.

Sponsored by Leviat

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Leviat unites the expertise, skills and resources of CRH’s construction accessories companies in a single global organisation. We imagine, model and make engineered products and innovative construction solutions for a dynamic industry. We support ambitious construction partners to build better, safer, stronger and faster, and help turn awe-inspiring architectural visions into reality. By combining our strengths, we are more agile and responsive to evolving customer needs. The world is changing. Whatever the future demands of our industry and the world around us, we are ready.