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Cameron turns to architect to improve green credentials

New Tory leader David Cameron has turned to the architectural community to prove his environmental credentials, an area the Conservatives are targeting in a bid to attract younger voters.

The new Conservative leader has appointed London-based Michaelis Boyd Associates to transform his Notting Hill home with a host of green measures.

The £1m project will feature a variety of environmental additions, including a new wind turbine for the roof of the property.

Michaelis Boyd is one of the capital's up-and-coming practices, having featured in RIBA London's Future House Competition in 2003.

The office came to prominence with a concept design, Low Build Contempory Eco House, a semi-subterranean design for a site not far from Cameron's home.

However the Cameron scheme does court some controversy. It will prove difficult to persuade planners at Kensington and Chelsea - a Tory-controlled council - to approve the roof turbine in a conservation area.

by Ed Dorrell

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