Taylor Wimpey bought this Brownfield site in 2007 following the relocation of the University of East London from Barking to London Docklands. Overall the scheme has a distinctive contemporary design and incorporates seven character areas.
Academy Central is being built to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3. To reduce the carbon footprint of the development a district heating system has been installed to serve all 1,054 homes and a 620 pupil school. Improvements to the fabric of the homes, such as improved air tightness and insulation, contribute to the overall carbon reduction at Academy Central and minimise the consumption of energy within the homes. Overall the energy efficiency measures deliver a carbon reduction of 41.5% against 2009 building regulations. The construction also makes use of various sustainable and recycled materials. For example, all timber products are certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), recycled glass is used in the block paving base, roof waterproofing product is made from recycled car tyres, and blocks contain pulverised fuel ash.
Lightweight Steel Framing System, TRESPA Rainscreen Cladding, STO Insultated Render System