The Renaissance scheme rejuvenates the borough’s Loampit Vale, providing 800 new homes, a contemporary leisure centre, commercial space and creative enterprise units.
The development is being built in phases over five years and consists of eight main buildings, each with their own architectural distinctiveness, but forming a coherent ensemble.
Phases one and two are already complete and include the striking tower ‘Sienna Alto’ standing 26 storeys high providing one and two bedroom apartments and duplex glazed apartments on the top floors.
The Glass Mill Leisure Centre sits below and incorporates a unique colourful facade from artist, Phil Coy, who has developed illuminated glass that reacts and the changing acoustics around it. Inside the centre lies an eight lane 25 metre swimming pool, climbing wall and spa available for residents and the community.
The commercial spaces built at ground level along Loampit Vale seek to encourage creative industries into the area and help to encourage a cultural quarter to grow.
Attention has been paid to maximising the number of green outdoor spaces by using landscaped roof terraces with panoramic views across the London skyline as well as resident garden areas.
Construction has started on phase three which will consist 5 maisonettes, 181 apartments and 11 town houses that achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level 6. These timber-frame houses are the sustainable centrepiece of the masterplan; low in density each with private balconies, terraces and overlooking a green communal courtyard.
An onsite energy centre generating both electricity and heat, as well as a biomass boiler and gas boilers services the entire development and reduce carbon emission by over 44%, making Renaissance one of the greenest developments of this size in the UK.
2013 LABC Consult, Building Excellence Awards, Best Large Housing Development, Highly Commended.