Location: London Fields, Hackney
Client: Higgins Construction
Completed: January 2019
Architect: PRP Architects
Value: £9,250,000

London Lane, Hackney E8

London Lane is a mixed use development by Higgins construction, comprising of 3 blocks ranging from 3 to 6 storeys and totalling 49 residential units, with a combination of houses, maisonettes and apartments, and a commercial block comprising of shell and core office space at basement and ground floor level.


NLG Associates were appointed by Higgins Construction to provide a multi-discipline design of mechanical, electrical and public health services, in accordance with the employer’s requirements, providing advice on achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, Building Regulations Part L compliance and GLA London Plan requirements for CO2 emissions reductions and energy efficiency.


Following a planning energy report, SAP calculations were carried out for all dwellings in each block to help devise a strategy to provide a 25% reduction over calculated baseline CO2 emissions, by the use of energy efficiency measures and Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies, to achieve the CfSH and GLA requirements. Energy efficiency measures included an enhanced building fabric, provision of Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) and high efficiency condensing combination boilers in each dwelling. 140 No. Photovoltaic (PV) panels were accommodated within an optimised roof layout


Electrical services included a new ground floor Substation, LV distribution to each Block and the commercial unit, small power to residential and landlord areas; metering and sub-metering systems; lighting, emergency lighting and control systems; telephone, communications and TV systems; power to mechanical services plant and controls; communal lifts; earthing and bonding; safety systems including fire alarm and automatic smoke ventilation systems, lightning protection; safety systems including video entry, access control and CCTV and external lighting


NLG Associates produced a thermal comfort report to advise on mitigation measures to avoid overheating in the dwellings and communal access areas, and a light pollution report to advise on the measures implemented to prevent obtrusive light being experienced within the development and also the surrounding residential areas from the development’s external lighting installation