A modern housing development calls for a new approach to managing food waste
Royal Winchester House is a development of 338 apartments constructed on the site of 3M’s historic Winchester House in Bracknell, about 40 miles west of London. An iconic building in its day, with 21 stories and a bold monolithic look, the original Winchester House was a landmark for the area. After remaining derelict for some years, it was finally demolished in 2015. In its place, Comer Homes (in collaboration with architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) conceived a new development that includes apartments and retail stores. Royal Winchester House was completed earlier this year and sits at the center of the £240m redevelopment of Bracknell town center.
Heading up the Comer House team for the project is Jack O’Brien. A master mason by trade and with experience restoring listed buildings, O’Brien is dedicated to ensuring Comer Homes’ developments exceed government-mandated standards for sustainability and efficiency.
“Waste management is not just about the direct costs associated with its disposal. At Comer Homes, we take a more holistic view to understand the burden it places on infrastructure, energy consumption, and carbon emissions,” says O’Brien. “I believe that we are on the brink of massive changes to this sector that go beyond considering just heating, cooling, and energy costs, and that means we must develop a complete picture of the environmental and financial impacts of a building. Recycling waste food is a great example of where we can make a big difference to the environment.”
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