Fabric First: Wilmcote House  

Fabric First: Wilmcote House

This event brings together key speakers to provide insight into the recently completed refurbishment of Wilmcote House.

The landmark estate in Portsmouth has been transformed to become the largest EnerPHiT (the retrofit equivalent of Passivhaus) standard scheme yet delivered with residents in-situ.

Built by local authorities in the 1960s to respond to the need for social housing provision, the high-rise, high-density estate is a typically prominent feature of Britain’s urban landscape.

The three, 11-story blocks still provide valuable affordable housing for Portsmouth Council and, in order to bring the buildings up to date, the council opted for a major refurbishment to be led by ECD Architects.

Following a four-year programme and close collaboration between architects, academics, manufacturers and the council, the buildings have been upgraded with a fabric first refurbishment to provide comfortable, safe and thermally efficient homes through material renovation.

Speakers will share their role in the refurbishment process and reflect on the economic and social achievements of the project; a testament to what can be accomplished by taking a holistic, fabric first, people-focused approach to building refurbishment.


James Traynor, Managing Director, ECD Architects

Professor Patrick James, Professor of Energy and Buildings, School of Engineering, Southampton University

Warren Dudding, Marketing Director, Rockwool