Century House

Mixed use development in London.

The £20m development comprises 153 residential units of varying sizes and tenures spread over four cores of up to nine storeys, all of which was located above ground floor, commercial and office space with basement car parking.

The residential element achieves Code for Sustainable Housing Level 3 accreditation.

The development was particularly challenging from a co-ordination perspective due to the low soffit heights which were required in order to keep the height of the development below the Section 20 threshold.

The services solution for the residential element was based around central gas fired heating plant serving heat stations in each dwelling delivering heating and hot water.  A combined heat and power unit was also included within the scheme to assist in achieving the renewables target as CfSH accreditation.  This was supplemented via roof mounted photovoltaic panels which feed into the landlord’s electrical system.  The residential units were provided with whole house ventilation systems with heat recovery for the private ownership units and permanent extract systems for the rentable units.  The use of LED light sources was maximised within the residential units and landlord areas in order to achieve the Building Regulations efficiency criteria.

Security was a high priority on London & Quadrant’s agenda.  Consequently the NACD TV-TEL system was selected and integrated into the design to provide access control to all areas and CCTV coverage to key locations, all of which can be monitored and managed remotely.

The commercial and office areas were designed as shell and core provision for future Cat A fit-out by others later in the development.

Hulley and Kirkwood also took the lead on the life safety systems design, including the basement car parking smoke ventilation system and sprinkler coverage and the smoke shaft ventilation systems in the residential cores in order to facilitate a fire engineered approach for the project.  In the early stages provision for connecting to a MUSCO was included; however this did not proceed due to feasibility issues.