Penoyre & Prasad’s Crouch Hill Community Park scheme has won a BREEAM award for its innovative approach to community energy distribution and approach to energy efficiency. Ashmount School, the new-build part of the development, has achieved an interim BREEAM Outstanding rating, at 90.49% the highest score for any school in the UK.

Crouch Hill Community Park is a carbon-negative development in North London, linking a primary school, nursery, refurbished youth centre and ecological park with an innovative energy distribution strategy which exports heat off-site to adjoining blocks of flats to help offset carbon emissions from the site itself. The school contains a number of innovative low-energy features such as grey water recycling and e-stack ventilation, while the transformation of the youth centre breathes new life into a run-down electrical substation.

The BREEAM awards, which recognise the highest achievements in sustainable building design, were announced today at a ceremony at Ecobuild.