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Agar Grove

The largest Passivhaus development in the UK

The masterplan provides affordable homes for new and existing tenants in the London Borough of Camden that put energy performance and fuel poverty top of the agenda.

Agar Grove is Camden Council’s largest community investment project comprising 496 homes, 348 of which will be built to Passivhaus standard, using a ‘fabric first’ approach for superior energy performance, human comfort and up to a 70 per cent reduction in residents’ heating bills.

Interior shot showing the open plan kitchen and living room at Agar Grove

Following intensive consultation with existing residents, the masterplan design is based on the traditional concept of ‘streets and squares’ with an emphasis on buildings which have doors at street level, creating liveable spaces between them and allowing people to move across, through and within the estate.

Exterior shot of balcony at Agar Grove

The streets provide pedestrian, cycle and vehicle access to and from Agar Grove. At the heart of the scheme is a new Garden Square Lulworth – the estate’s original 19 storey tower – is being retained, stripped back and intensively refurbished: the original concrete structure represents a significant amount of embodied carbon and retrofitting it is a large part of the project’s sustainability strategy.

Around 50 per cent of the homes will be for market sale, helping the Council fund further investment in council homes and community facilities. Agar Grove is tenure blind, with no distinction between the build quality of the market sale, affordable and social housing. All communal play facilities are integrated and shared between the blocks.

The Agar Grove Estate is a great example of how estate regeneration should be done: helping existing residents play an active role in shaping the future of their neighbourhood and ensuring the development works both for them and for future residents.

Project details

Project name: Agar Grove

Location: London UK

Service: Sustainable design

Value: > £100M

Scope: Architecture, Interior design, Urban design, Masterplanning

Clients: London Borough of Camden, The Residents of the Agar Grove Estate

Status: Live

Accreditation: Passivhaus Certified

Number of homes: 100 - 500

Architects: Hawkins\Brown (lead) with Mae

Landscape architect: Grant Associates

Planning consultant: CMA Planning

Structural engineer: Peter Brett Associates

Services engineer: Max Fordham

Passivhaus assessor: Max Fordham

Passivhaus consultant: WARM

Project manager: EC Harris

Financial viability & quantity surveyor: EC Harris

Photography: Jack Hobhouse, Tim Crocker

Video: James Briefel


Camden Design Awards 2022
Major Projects - Winner

CIBSE Awards 2020
Project of the Year Residential - Winner

NLA Awards 2019
Sustainability Prize and Overall Winner

London Planning Awards 2019
The Mayor's Award for Sustainable and Environmental Planning, and Good Growth - Winner

Housing Design Awards 2015
Project Schemes - Winner

If you want to know more about our residential work, contact Phil Catcheside

If you want to know more about our residential work, contact Greg Moss