Vital support for sustainable new Plumstead development 

Vital Energi has been awarded a £13m design and build contract for Berkeley and Peabody’s transformation of 17 acres of unused land in South East London into the exciting new Lombard Square development in Plumstead.

Vital Energi supports sustainable new Plumstead development.

Berkeley and Peabody are working together to regenerate the unused land, which is located adjacent to Plumstead Station and was once home to Arsenal Football Club, shaping it into a dynamic and well-designed new neighbourhood.  

The development will comprise 1,750 apartments and retail, commercial and community spaces. Additionally, there will be a strong focus on sustainability and enhancing the provision of high-quality green space in the area with a new 1.8-acre four seasons park for everyone to enjoy. 

Vital Energi is taking the project from the initial RIBA stage 4 to RIBA stage 5 for the design and build across all eight blocks. 

Reaching sustainability goals 

Vital Energi will design and build the Energy Centre that serves the whole development and supports Berkeley in reaching its sustainability goals by installing ground source heat pumps, which will extract water from aquifers below the surface via 140m deep boreholes. All risers and laterals will be installed within each block, and Vital Energi will complete the design and build of the buried district heating network. 

Rob Callaghan, managing director of Vital Energi’s London and Southern division, said: “We are looking forward to working on the design and build project in collaboration with Berkeley and Peabody, to build a more sustainable and green community whilst helping them to reach their net zero target by 2030.” 

Karl Whiteman, divisional managing director for Berkeley East Thames, said: “Berkeley has had the privilege of working in The Royal Borough of Greenwich for over two decades. During this time, we have committed to taking derelict, unloved land and transforming it into exceptional spaces. Part of our planning process involves showing the foresight to include sustainable features that will contribute to a greener way of living. 

“Together with our partner Peabody, we believe Lombard Square will be a real driver of change for Plumstead and Thamesmead. In addition to delivering new homes, it will offer employment retail and leisure opportunities alongside a new stunning biodiverse park that can be enjoyed by the whole community – – something we hope everyone will be proud of and benefit from.