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The BedZED estate

Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) is an environmentally friendly housing development in Hackbridge, London, England. It is in the London Borough of Sutton, about 2.5 miles (4 km) north-east of the town of Sutton itself. It was designed by the architect Bill Dunster to support a more sustainable lifestyle. The project was led by the Peabody Trust in partnership with Bill Dunster Architects, Ellis & Moore Consulting Engineers, BioRegional, Arup and the cost consultants Gardiner and Theobald. The 82 homes, and 1,405 square metres (15,120 sq ft) of work space were built in 2000–2002. The project was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2003.


Because of BedZED's low-energy-emission concept, cars are discouraged; the project encourages public transport, cycling, and walking, and has limited parking space. There are good rail and bus links in the immediate area.



Monitoring conducted in 2003[1] found that BedZED had achieved these reductions in comparison to UK averages:


A review of the BedZed development in 2010[3] drew mainly positive conclusions. Residents and neighbours were largely happy. However, a few significant failures were highlighted, for example:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nicole Lazarus (October 2003). Beddington Zero (Fossil) Energy Development: Toolkit for Carbon Neutral Developments - Part II. BioRegional. 
  2. ^ Simon Corbey (December 2005). The BedZED lessons. University of East London. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Kucharek, Jan-Carlos (23 July 2010). "Bedding in nicely: BedZed was the ultimate sustainability trailblazer. Nearly a decade on, it may be thriving but it remains an anomaly". BD Reviews: Sustainability (supplement to Building Design). 
  4. ^ BedZED seven years on
  5. ^ BedZED wins Ashden Award

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Coordinates: 51°22′55.5″N 00°09′21.67″W / 51.382083°N 0.1560194°W / 51.382083; -0.1560194