The Renaissance scheme has rejuvenated the borough’s Loampit Vale, providing nearly 800 new homes, a contemporary leisure centre, commercial space and creative enterprise units.
The development has been built in phases over five years and consists of eight main buildings, each with their own architectural distinctiveness, but forming a coherent ensemble. One of these buildings is the striking tower ‘Sienna Alto’ standing 26 storeys high and providing one and two bedroom apartments plus duplex glazed apartments on the top floors.
The Glass Mill Leisure Centre sits below and incorporates a unique colourful façade from artist, Phil Coy, who has developed illuminated glass that reacts to the changing acoustics around it. Inside the centre lies an eight lane 25 metre swimming pool, climbing wall and spa, available to residents and the local community.
Also included at Renaissance are 11 townhouses which meet Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. 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 which includes 'grow your own' planters for residents.
The commercial spaces built at ground level along Loampit Vale seek to encourage creative industries into the area.
Particular 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.
An onsite energy centre generating both electricity and heat, as well as a biomass boiler and gas boilers service the entire development and reduce carbon emission by over 44%, making Renaissance one of the greenest developments of this size in the UK.
2016 The Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Commended for Development of the Year
2016 The Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Commended for Affordable Housing Development for the Code Level 6 Townhouses
2015 Housing Design Awards - Shortlisted for Completed Schemes for the Code Level 6 Townhouses
2015 London LABC Building Excellence Awards - Winner of Best Small New Housing Development for the Code Level 6 Townhouses
2015 London LABC Building Excellence Awards - Finalist for Best Inclusive Building for the Code Level 6 Townhouses
2014 The Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Commended for Mixed-use Development
2013 London LABC Building Excellence Awards - Highly Commended for Best Large Housing Development
2012 Housing Design Awards - Shortlisted for Project Schemes