Riverside Road Complete
Sitting on a plot identified for sustainable low-cost family homes, Riverside Road introduces five 3-bed, 6-person dwellings for Watford Borough Council. The brief for this scheme highlighted the need for more housing in this low-density area and expressed that this development should serve as a benchmark for future homes within the borough.
The homes are constructed using lightweight timber frame for its sustainability and ease of construction. To future-proof the homes, the pitched roof structure and internal stair have been designed to allow the loft space to be easily converted into an additional bedroom, extending the capacity of the house without requiring any significant structural work. To complement the neighbouring properties, rich red brick was used for the main façade material, with dark grey brick and a stepped brickwork detail to add depth and texture. Brise-soleils are incorporated to minimise overheating from south-facing windows.
As part of Watford’s proactive approach to tackling climate change, a Home Quality Mark (HQM) assessment has been undertaken with the homes achieving a four-star ranking. Through the implementation of a highly airtight and insulated envelope, use of PVs, MVHR and ASHPs the homes will provide an energy saving of 68.3% improvement over a Part L 2013 compliant development.
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The project was completed in January 2022.