Belfast | The Carvill Group | Completed 2003
Parkmount is an energy efficient urban housing scheme that achieved BRE EcoHomes ‘Very Good’ and helped to regenerate a neglected corner of north Belfast, transforming a derelict brownfield site into a secure and desirable place to live. The arc of the buildings responds to the dramatic landscape of the site, creating a sheltered communal space between the building and the wooded hill to the west, an optimistic landmark in a sometimes-bleak landscape.
The project provides healthy and cost effective housing using reliable technical solutions that are economical to run and maintain, including an array of 70 sqm of grid-connected photovoltaic panels. This approach can also be applied to all of the low-rise units in the future, as the step-up in building heights maximises the daylight potential for the photovoltaic panels by preventing overshadowing.
RICS Awards 2003 ‘Sustainability’ winner
Green Apple Award 2003
Sustainable Architecture 2007
Sustainable Urban Design 2003
Photovoltaics and Architecture 2001
Architecture Today issue 158
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