Total Community Retrofit
The Institute’s Total Community Retrofit (TCR) aspiration starts with the premise that to deliver sustainable cities we need large-scale and systemic innovation. Only by planning and investing in this way can we realise the efficiencies required to ensure widespread adoption.
In East London, the Institute for Sustainability is working with the Bromley by Bow Centre, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Poplar HARCA and Tower Hamlets Homes to use the low carbon agenda to deliver sustainable communities. Local people are at the core of TCR and will be instrumental in planning, designing, delivering, owning and managing the programme. Not only will this enable the community to benefit the most from delivery, for example through local jobs and community amenity, but it will help ensure active buy-in and support for the proposed activity and will lead to sustainable behaviour change. It will develop and deliver on a vision which addresses the full needs of the community including transport, utilities provision, building efficiency, public spaces, and economic activity.
The demonstrator focuses on a 20,000 dwelling area of Bromley-by-Bow and Poplar – an area of approximately 5km2 or nearly two and a half times the size of the Olympic Park (around 25% of Tower Hamlets). The initial TCR pilot is located within the third most deprived Local Authority district within the country.