Roofs of the BedZED zero energy homes near Hackbridge railway station
Hackbridge shown within Greater London
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Hackbridge was home to the first Country dogs home opened by the Duke and Duchess of Portland. It was also where the Balfour Kilpatrick Offices once stood. It is currently most notable for being home to the multi-award winning BedZED (Beddington Zero Energy Development) eco-friendly housing development.
The London Borough of Sutton is working to make Hackbridge the 'UK's first truly sustainable suburb'. Detailed plans include proposals for new eco-friendly homes, more shops, leisure and community facilities, jobs, sustainable transport and pedestrian/ cycle initiatives, improved networks and open spaces.
A key part of this is a £150m plan to redevelop the one million square foot former Felnex industrial estate, which has now gained redevelopment approval from the Greater London Authority. The development, which will become "one of the greenest places to live in the UK", will be centred around a public square and will see 725 homes built, as well as a new supermarket, doctor’s surgery, care home, offices and workshops, additional shops and a bus interchange. Work was expected to begin as soon as detailed consent was obtained for the first phase, which was expected to be in early 2013. (Sutton Guardian, 7 June 2012).
Hackbridge has already achieved success in its green agenda in the form of the acclaimed BedZED (Beddington Zero Energy Development) eco-friendly housing development, which is located around 500 yards north of Hackbridge mainline railway station. BedZED utilises a number of innovative technologies to enable it to operate with zero energy use. It has attracted wide interest over the past decade since it was built, and, among other examples of recognition, it was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2003. Key features of BedZED include:
- Zero energy—The project is designed to use only energy from renewable sources generated on site. There are 777 square metres (8,360 sq ft) of solar panels.
- High quality—The apartments are finished to a high standard to attract the urban professional.
- Energy efficient—The houses face south to take advantage of solar gain, are triple glazed, and have high thermal insulation.
- Water efficient—Most rain water falling on the site is collected and reused.
Hackbridge has a fairly wide range of architecture, but is mainly Victorian in the central area.
There are also a number of 21st century buildings, the most notable being the environmentally-friendly BedZED development (see above); but a further example is the large and just completed (in 2013) Centrale apartment building (see photo) located in London Road, opposite the railway station.
The parish church of Hackbridge and Beddington Corner was built in 1931 (see photo of interior). The architect was H.P. Burke-Downing, and it is located opposite BedZED on the London Road.
- Open Space
Beddington Park, through which the River Wandle flows, is a quarter of a mile south of Hackbridge railway station. It is nearly 100 acres in size and is maintained by the London Borough of Sutton. It was originally part of the Deer Park attached to Carew Manor, a grand country house built in the Tudor period, which stands to this day. It comprises a large area of open grassland with small clumps of trees, with an area of more formal gardens near the Grange restaurant, as well as the lake and pond. The main lake in the south west of the park was originally a mill pond. There are many paths and a number of ornamental bridges (see photo), which cross the stream which feeds the lake: this is part of the River Wandle, and the park is on the Wandle Trail. Part of the park is managed as a wildlife site.
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Nearest professional football club:
Nearest league football club:
- Tooting & Mitcham F.C. Tooting and Mitcham FC is located on the border of Hackbridge and Mitcham.
- Carshalton Athletic play approximately 0.5 miles away from Hackbridge.
- Sutton United also play very locally to Hackbridge.
Famous past residents
- Tracey Ullman grew up in Hackbridge.
Hackbridge has a railway station with services to London Victoria, London Blackfriars, Sutton, Wimbledon, London St Pancras, St Albans and Luton. Trains are operated by First Capital Connect and Southern. The station is in Travel Card Zone 4 and the journey time to London Victoria is 25 minutes.