Contractors, architects and developers are looking to incorporate eco-friendly products and sustainable designs into their projects. Here’s a great example of how eco-friendly materials and sustainable thinking can culminate in stylish contemporary homes
Project: 25 Hurst Avenue
Date of completion: May, 2015
Duration of project: 14 month build
Estimated cost of project: £2.5m
In the heart of Highgate is 25 Hurst Avenue – an innovative property made up of two 370 sq m family homes.
The project was undertaken by developer, Bliss whose brief was to design, build and deliver a life-enhancing space within 14 months. Throughout the design process the team were driven by the concept of space and the way in which they wanted the home to be occupied and used. Their concept was to create a blueprint for sustainable 21st Century living.
‘Our design ethos and aspirations drive our thinking,’ Daniel Broch, founder of bliss, explained. ‘We are determined to provide elegant, contemporary spaces, fit for 21st century living; 25 Hurst Avenue reflects our thinking perfectly,’ he continued.
With sustainability at the forefront of this build, it was imperative for materials to have great green credentials. The company used products from Kebony and KLH UK, both of which support Bliss’ design ethos.
Sustainably focused construction methods were also used. The KLH superstructure played a pivotal part in the build and was a factor which worked particularly well during the process. It allowed for a short and efficient build programme, taking six men just six days to build the two modern homes with little noise or disruption to the local community. Bliss’ decision to use KLH’s timber panels as an alternative to steel supports or a concrete frame resulted in energy being saved that would usually be used making the concrete. Hurst Avenue was in fact the first UK private residential development of this scale and price range to use KLH’s product which is one of the simplest methods of contributing to a low-carbon, carbon-neutral, or even carbon-negative construction.
Jan Terje Nielsen, director of marketing for Kebony commented on the project: ‘We are very proud to contribute not only to a property that has such superb design and aesthetic credentials, but one that is so ground-breaking on an environmental level.’
Thanks to the sliding glass walls and open views there’s a definite sense of bringing the outside in. It’s a refreshing, original and distinctive property, built using innovative, sustainably focused construction processes, methods and materials. The end result well and truly matches up with the given brief, proving that it’s been a real success from every angle.