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ECD gives Canning Town block a solar recharge - images

ECD Architects has won the go-ahead to revamp an ailing 1960s tower block in Canning Town, East London, by cladding it with thousands of photovoltaic panels.

The £8 million transformation of the 23-storey Ferrier Point has received full planning approval. When completed in 2009, it will form the centrepiece of the £1.3 billion regeneration of Canning Town and Custom House in Newham, which is being masterplanned by Eric van Egeraat

The block's south facade will be clad with 370m2 of photovoltaic cells, which should, according to project architect Peter Stokes, generate 10 per cent of the building's power requirements.

Stokes said the tower's existing 115 flats will be refurbished and two new floors added to house two luxury duplex flats.

'We will replace all the bathrooms, kitchens and boilers in the existing flats to bring them up to Decent Homes standards,' said Stokes.

'We will also address the poor entrance arrangement and create a landscaped garden, replacing one that is round the back of the building and not used by residents.'

The London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC) is spearheading Canning Town's regeneration.

LTGDC is leading seven other Thames Gateway schemes, including: Dagenham Dock; Barking Town Centre; Bromley-by-Bow; Rainham Village; the Lower Lea Valley Park; Wildspace (a riverside conservation park in Rainham); and the Olympic Fringe area of Hackney Wick, Fish Island, Stratford and West Ham.

by Max Thompson

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