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Project to ‘climate proof’ social housing estates scoops award

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Image captionImage 1: The project team receiving their award

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s ambition to become the greenest borough in the country has been given a boost after a special project to climate-proof social housing won a prestigious award.

The Life+ climate-proofing social housing scheme took place across three sixties housing estates in Hammersmith & Fulham and was awarded the College of Fellows Award for climate change adaptation at the Landscape Institute Awards earlier this month.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council worked closely with residents and specialist charity Groundwork London over two-years to deliver the scheme which reduces flood risk and boosts biodiversity using urban drainage (SuDS).

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Image caption: Image 2: Eric MacDonald House in Fulham

“We aim to become the greenest borough in the country and this scheme is an innovative way for us to work towards this, while remaining committed to improving and investing in social housing,” said Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Cabinet Member for Housing.

“This project not only climate-proofs our estates, but creates an invaluable green space for residents and wildlife and so is worthy of its award.”

The work took place at the Queen Caroline Estate in Hammersmith, Cheesemans Terrace, West Kensington and Richard Knight House, Eric MacDonald House and Cyril Thatcher House, in Fulham.

The previously grey concrete expanses were transformed with adaptations to make them more resilient to climate change, including green roofs, sunken raingardens and community planting areas.

The new features will protect against surface flooding, while also helping boost local biodiversity. View a short film on the project and find out more here.

Earlier this year, Bridget Joyce Square, the urban drainage scheme in Australia Road, White City, scooped a prestigious engineering award.

H&F is now considered one of the lead authorities on urban drainage systems.

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Image caption: Image 3: Phillipa House