Inside The Beacon
Hemel Hempstead is getting the world’s most sustainable tower where residents will save up to £11,000 a year in living expenses.
Just 24 minutes from London Euston, the 17-storey tower will generate sufficient heat and power from on-site renewable energy to power the vast majority of the building’s requirements.
The Beacon comprises 272 studio, one, two and three bedroom balconied apartments and luxury penthouses and prices start from £217,950.
A rated energy neutral building, key features include;
The highest density solar farm in the world (0.8mw on <0.5 acres)
Solar photovoltaic panels – embedded into the solar balustrades at each floor level
Triple-glazing – to all apartments
Ground Source Heat Pumps – to extract heat from the basement of the building to heat the hot water
100% rainwater harvesting (collected at roof and balcony levels) for toilet flushing and irrigation of the green planters on each external balcony and internal arboretum
MHVR – Mechanical Heat and Ventilation Recovery System – to ventilate apartments and create comfort cooling
UK’s tallest residential indoor arboretum
UK’s largest underground automated robotic car park (supplied by Skyline Parking) – 319 car park spaces underground in less than half an acre
Ambi Singh, commercial director of Lumiere Developments, said: “Buildings are responsible for approximately 40 per cent of the world’s harmful emissions and the World Health Organisation quotes air pollution as the number one risk to human health responsible for 7 million premature deaths worldwide. Hence, it is our mission to promote large-scale uptake of emission-free renewable energy generation and simple energy conservation technologies within residential new-builds and old stock to significantly reduce emissions and by default help save lives.
“Using The Beacon as a blueprint for zero-carbon residential development, we will be rolling out this unique mixture of sustainable technology and building practice across our future projects and ultimately hope that we inspire other developers to build significantly more high-quality sustainable homes across the property spectrum from affordable to luxury.”