7 December 2009
Residents of two tower blocks in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham can look forward to modern and environmentally friendly homes thanks to specialist consultants from WYG.
The Colne & Mersea Houses, both owned and managed by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, will be modernised following grant funding from the Greater London Authority.
Residents will not only benefit from more modern living accommodation, including upgraded kitchens and bathrooms, but all the flats will also benefit from environmentally improved homes and green energy thanks to the work done by WYG’s sustainability consultants, working in collaboration with Tweeds, part of the WYG Group.
Steve Piltz, Sustainability Director, WYG Environment Planning Transport said: “We are drafting a scoping study which will outline the various options applicable to providing a sustainable modernisation of Colne & Mersea. Our study considers the best options for enabling thermal efficiency, accurately measuring energy consumption and introducing low and zero carbon technologies into the modernisation programme. Our study also sets out all the various options and considers their viability and likely cost impact, we will also make recommendations on the most suitable options in advancing the authority’s green agenda.”
WYG is taking part in a half day consultation workshop with the residents and the authority, to raise awareness of the scheme and the environmental credentials that are proposed, and they will also be discussing the key sustainability issues for the site.
“Once the scoping study has been agreed, we will prepare a detailed design study, which will propose the most cost effective design layout for the blocks, review the current range of low and zero carbon technologies applicable and with the client and other consultants and communicate the proposals to all stakeholder organisations,” added Steve.
Cllr Phil Waker, Barking and Dagenham Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “We are delighted to be working with WYG on this important project that will not only improve the lives of tenants and leaseholders, but also reduce the towers’ carbon footprint. As a council we will continue to seek investment to make improvements to all our blocks which have a long term future.”
The overall programme will be around 18 months. During the contract programme WYG will undertake a monitoring role of the environmental, sustainability and low and zero carbon technology installations; co-ordinate and work closely with the contractor.