Designed for L&Q, Oberon Court was the first development in the London Borough of Newham to receive a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, and as such, is also 100% Lifetime Homes Compliant. Initially approved for planning as a Code 3 scheme, progress on the project stalled when funding ran out. We were asked to retrospectively upgrade the design and specification to Code 5 standard, which qualified the scheme for Kickstart funding. This £1.7m from the Homes and Communities Agency secured the future of the project.
The site presented a challenging opportunity as it housed a derelict but locally listed public house with a large disused car park to the rear on which stand several trees subject to Tree Protection Orders. The design team needed to convince the planning and conservation department that a new build scheme could replace the existing landmark building whilst retaining the protected trees and provide much needed housing within a new landmark building. The scheme delivers 42 new homes – both apartments and houses – and ranges in height from three to five storeys with rooftop gardens, car and motorcycle parking, secure bicycle storage and landscaped areas.
Steven Timms, MP for East Ham spoke at the development’s launch, remarking, ‘It is wonderful to be here today to see the sustainable features of these new homes in action and to speak to residents who have already moved in and are benefiting from them. During these difficult economic times it is vital that we use new technologies and building innovation to reduce fuel bills and improve the way in which we use energy. It is also great news to hear that the shared ownership homes have proven so popular, as it’s a great way for those struggling with mortgage availability to access a home of their own.’