Double awards joy for Peckham project

By Jim Dunton - Wed 17 July 2013, 10:07 am

The Peckham Low Carbon Zone project has won double honours at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The scheme, which has seen the transformation of more than 140 houses in the East Peckham Area Renewal Zone, topped both the “performance in use” and  “sustainability” categories in the recent Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Awards.

The community-led scheme saw homes of various types benefit from brick-cleaning, the provision of new front-garden walls, new railings and gates, and in some cases additional energy-efficiency enhancements and added security features.

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, Southwark Council’s environment lead member, said the awards recognition was a suitable reward for an outstanding project.

“The combination of energy saving measures and external improvements to the homes of our residents has gone a long way in both protecting our environment and bringing a sense of pride to the community,” he said.

Peckham Low Carbon Zone was one of 10 such projects set up by London mayor Boris Johnson in 2010 in a bid to reduce carbon emissions.

It was delivered by Southwark Council in partnership with private-sector companies and local residents.