Case Study – Agar Grove

Agar Grove

Passivhaus Newbuild

The Agar Grove estate in Camden, North London, is being re-developed in stages to provide new build Passivhaus accommodation, ultimately delivering over 500 units. Aldas carried out preliminary and acceptance testing of Phase 1A and extensive preliminary and investigative testing of the four blocks in Phase 1B, including managing remedial sealing works in three problematic stairwells

Agar Grove, London

Camden Council

Name: Agar Grove
Location: Camden, London
Building Type: First block of 38 social rented homes 
Construction type: Concrete frame on internal rotary piles. Brick & reconstituted stone facade
Completed in: April 2018

Agar Grove Team

Client: Camden Council
Architect (lead design): Hawkins\Brown
Architect (Passivhaus and delivery): Architype
Contractor: Hill
Services and Passivhaus consultant: Max Fordham
Certifier: Warm
Airtightness: Aldas Ltd

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Passivhaus Awards

UK Passivhaus Awards 2021 Large Projects winner. View the project details from the Passivhaus Trust website

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Agar Grove

Passivhaus Awards 2021

Shortlisted in the Large Projects category of the UK Passivhaus Awards 2015. A regeneration of two dilapidated blocks of flats in one of the poorest parts of Manchester, with EnerPHit as a mechanism for creating a sustainable low carbon community.

John Hearne

Big time – UK’s largest passive scheme comes to Camden

The first phase of the hugely ambitious Agar Grove redevelopment in Camden was finished in April 2018. Not only is it the largest passive house scheme in the UK to date, it also aims to be a model for sustainable urban regeneration and for creating liveable spaces at the heart of our cities.

We are determined to tackle fuel poverty and reduce CO2 without the need for complex energy systems with high lifetime costs. The Passivhaus approach provides thermal comfort and air quality in a way that alternatives do not match. Although this can increase the initial capital costs, Camden Council – as both developer and landlord – believes that it will see the benefits of this approach, in higher build quality and reduced maintenance costs over the lifetime of the buildings.’

Michelle Christensen, Camden Council

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