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Blog: Featured finalist - Wilmcote House, Portsmouth (ECD Architects)

29 May 2018

Value and Sustainability

Project value: £13m

Type of client: Local Authority



Wilmcote House, built in 1968, is a 11-storey residential development in Portsmouth. The structure comprised of large, poorly insulated concrete panels with pre-cast concrete elements that bridged the thermal envelope, leading to high heat losses, internal condensation risk, mould growth and low internal comfort standards. With no place to relocate the residents within these 107 units, Portsmouth City Council commissioned ECD Architects to design and deliver a regeneration scheme with residents in occupation.

Due to the size of Wilmcote House, and the number of resident’s homes which would have been disrupted, its demolition would have been complicated and expensive, but by retaining the existing building ECD Architects have improved the estate’s image and encouraged the longevity of the present community.

The retrofit of Wilmcote House extends the life of the building for a minimum of 30 years, whilst providing a sustainable approach for the estate’s regeneration.  The Wilmcote House scheme is already providing a much-needed uplift to the local area, making the positive ripple effect from this regeneration to extend much further into the wider area. This flagship scheme is already acting as a catalyst and pilot project for the remaining council’s high-rise stock.

The winner of the Value and Sustainability categories will be announced at the awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Royal Lancaster London on the 28th of June 2018. For more information about the event or to book tickets, clear here.


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