Hillmead Centre

Mixed Use Scheme | Metropolitan Housing Trust | £2m
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Project Information

Project Name: Moorlands Community Centre and Flats
Client: Metropolitan Housing Trust
Principal Contractor: Lad Construction UK Ltd
Architect: HTA Architects
Location: 50 Corry Drive, Brixton, SW9 8NA
Project Description: 15 flats for rent, a community centre with a kitchen and 4 flexible office spaces.


A design and build Eco driven scheme aiming for Eco homes 2006 Excellent rating. Sited in the MHT’s residential Hillmead Estate in Brixton.

Scope of works

  1. Demolish existing school and MHT office
  2. Re site officers in temporary office adjacent to site
  3. Build 15 flats for rent and a community centre and offices for the local residents and MHT officers respectively.

Key Objectives

  1. Re site MHT offices from old building, to temporary location and back with minimal inconvenience.
  2. Deliver an energy efficient building, on time and within budget.
  3. Have minimal impact on surrounding wildlife and to comply with existing ecological report of the area.
  4. Incorporate a nature garden to new scheme to complement existing adjacent to the site.
  5. Be waste efficient during the planning and construction stages. Ensuring key decisions are made not only with local interests in mind, but with greater responsibility to the environment. In that sense to follow a Site Waste Management Plan.
  6. To be considerate to local residents and environment. To ensure compliance, to sign up with Considerate Constructors and aim to achieve highest standard.

Key Elements

  1. Modern methods of construction
    • Calicum silicate blocks – Prefabricated structural system to reduce wastage of materials
    • Spray plaster – only require 3mm plaster layer. Less material used same finish.
    • Prebabriated insulated roof panels formed to size – provide increased U-value and reduce wastage on site.
    • Pre fabricated and hung door sets – no wastage.
  2. Installed modern energy efficient technology.
    • Thermal Solar Panels for the flats – to provide hot water.
    • Heat Recovery Ventilation to flats – to reuse heat generated in flats.
    • Photovoltaic Panels to Community Centre – to provide electricity.
    • Ground Source Heat Pump to Community Centre – utilise heat from the ground.
    • Under floor heating throughout - efficient source of heating
  3. 275mm insulated cavity. Overall wall construction 475mm wide

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