Cairo New Road, South London

Detailed design of the communal systems and a community heating system for Skillcrown Homes’ £25m affordable housing scheme in Croydon, south London.

Cairo New Road


Cairo New Road is a £25m apartment scheme providing much needed affordable housing to the London Borough of Croydon, which has one of the biggest London housing targets with an expected growth of 30,000 homes by 2029.

The scheme consists of a contemporary collection of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments situated on Cairo New Road, which is surrounded by a vibrant community and served by tram links and West Croydon station, providing easy access to Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge.


Located at the heart of Croydon’s historic old town, the regeneration site previously housed a 1960s warehouse and was most recently used by a church group.

As a forward-thinking, need-driven development, the scheme has been designed around the installation of a community heating system to deliver significant carbon reductions and fuel savings for residents. This required in-depth design and calculations to ensure all the plant and equipment could be logistically housed and installed within the constraints of the building footprint.


Hydrock MRB, our specialist MEP, energy and sustainability team, undertook the detailed design of the communal systems. This included a community heating system with combined heat and power (CHP), designed for potential future connection to London’s network. By being a by-product of the electricity generation process, CHP is a more streamlined process, which is far more environmentally friendly – capable of reducing carbon emissions by around 30%.

We undertook thermal modelling to assess overheating both in the apartments and the communal corridors which led to a natural ventilation system being incorporated into the smoke ventilation system.

The Cairo New Road development has now successfully completed, delivering high quality homes and new commercial space to the borough.