Orchard Wharf is a residential-led development located on the west bank of the River Lea at the historic East India Docks. The site extends to circa 0.9 acres and on completion will comprise of a 23-storey tower and stepped blocks linked by a two-storey podium at ground level. The development will provide a mix of 338 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses; with the majority having dual-aspect views and access to a private balcony, terrace or garden. Residents will have access to a café and retail facilities, an outdoor pavilion, courtyard gardens and recreational areas, as well as landscaped rooftop terraces.
We are providing a comprehensive and fully coordinated mechanical and electrical design, including full specifications of ventilation, heating, drainage, hot and cold-water services. Sustainability services include a sitewide energy and sustainability strategy, overheating analysis, u-value and thermal bridging calculations. SAP methodology has been used to calculate the energy consumption and resultant CO2 emissions for the proposed dwellings. For all commercial areas, SBEM methodology has been followed utilising IES VE software. A fabric first approach is being followed, incorporating passive design measures such as low u-values, low air leakage and low thermal bridging. For the residential units, a centralised energy centre will be located in the basement with CHP, combined with gas fired boilers which will provide heating and hot water. Apartments use heat interface units for heating, hot water and MVHR for ventilation. All available roof area has been utilised to accommodate the maximum amount of PV panels. The project has been awarded a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ interim design stage certificate and is on target to achieve a ‘Very Good’ rating at post construction stage.