The scheme takes a deliberately holistic view of sustainability and the team embedded a consideration of sustainability into every stage of their work.
Sustainability was considered in the masterplan, with the preservation and modernisation of historic buildings, as well as with decisions about how to manage processes such as the remediation and reclamation of materials, and waste management during construction. Connecting into the Olympic Park heat network has been a surprisingly complex process, and we have persevered with this because of our commitment to achieve practical environmental solutions in our design work.
While sustainability will be evident in the visible green elements, such as the carefully-selected planting to introduce biodiversity across the scheme and in particular in the new two-acre riverside park on the west of the island; it has also driven design decisions which will have an impact through the life of the scheme.
For the team, sustainability also includes the consideration of social inclusion and how to achieve a supportive tenant mix when workers and residents arrive and call Sugar House Island their own.
Sugar House Island aims to create a new neighbourhood which supports and connects into existing communities, on a physical as well as emotional level. As the development matures, activities and amenity will be fostered to encourage a lively place, adopted by all.
Vastint UK intends to maintain a long-term ownership and management interest in Sugar House Island. The management team will support tenants and residents to curate and shape community involvement over time, so that every element, from the mix of restaurant operators to the events programme, remains in keeping with the aspirations of those who live and work at Sugar House Island.