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Wilmcote House retrofit due to start onsite in January

Artist's render of Wilmcote House: ECD Architects

ECD Architects Wilmcote House is an EnerPHit retrofit currently out to tender and due to start construction early next year (2014)

The 11-storey linked residential concrete prefab blocks built in 1968 provide much needed affordable housing for Portsmouth City Council. Costing £13 million, the project has attracted ECO funding and been designed to meet the stringent EnerPHit standard.

The building’s regeneration to 107 units will be achieved with the residents in occupation, therefore the proposed use of external wall insulation offers the project several advantages in addition to the resulting energy efficiency improvements:

  • Majority of work is external resulting in little disruption and no loss of living space
  • The system protects the building fabric and will improve the building aesthetic.
  • Condensation risk is managed to the outside of homes and thermal bridging reduced
  • Low maintenance and internal redecoration unrequired

Artist's render of Wilmcote House: ECD Architects

The building has different facade treatments. On the outer north/west facing elevations perpendicular coloured metal fins have been incorporated. These perform two roles; to help shade windows against summer overheating from low west solar gains; and to animate the façade with interest created via changing shadows.

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ECD Architects

28th November 2013

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