High Ambition - The Beacon, Hemel Hempstead


The Beacon is an ambitious sustainability project in the UK residential sector in its own right. The 17-storey tower by developer Lumiere Developments is also a statement by a firm looking to make its mark and, as the name suggests, create a model for others to follow.

Lumiere’s mission is to “promote large-scale uptake of renewable energy,” and this pioneering zero carbon scheme, which is about to start construction on a site near the A41 in Hemel Hempstead, brings a number of technologies together towards meeting this goal.

The scheme comes with a host of big claims – the firm says the Beacon will be the “world’s most sustainable residential tower” thanks to a highly-insulated concrete construction – hoped to deliver 40 per cent energy savings – and a range of other measures. Lumiere is also promising “free energy for life,” and the first electric car and bike share scheme of its kind. And at less than half an acre, the site’s small footprint is helping support the project’s claim to have the highest density ‘solar farm’ yet seen – the building will be covered in PV panels

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Evening Standard - Homes and Property


A revolutionary residential tower being built in Hemel Hempstead offers sustainable and affordable luxury living - without any energy bills.

Prices range from £218,000 for a starter home to £1 million for a penthouse in the 17-storey tower, which will have 272 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom balconied apartments and penthouses.

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The Daily Express


HERTFORDSHIRE may seem an unlikely place to build the world’s most sustainable residential tower but anybody who snaps up one of its apartments could find themselves with zero bills for power and heating.

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Show House


Residents could save many thousands of pounds every year at these new homes in Hertfordshire thanks to innovative energy-related design...

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Developments vie for new environmental standard


The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has revealed the first developments in line to achieve its Home Quality Mark.

Some 4,000 new properties are due to be assessed for BRE's Home Quality Mark (HQM) - described as a 'Michelin Star-style rating system that measures quality, cost efficiency and environmental impact'.

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