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First view of Azhar's Elephant and Castle project

Azhar Architects has drawn up this concept for a new 'energy centre' in Elephant and Castle.

The original approach is to illustrate how the sustainable energy infrastructure for the 'new Elephant and Castle' should be treated.

The energy system is being developed with Brian Dunlop Associates, and Azhar has submitted concept drawings of a visitor centre which will display the heating, cooling and electricity systems to the public.

'We decided to celebrate the energy system rather than hiding it behind walls. The drawings show a resource centre, which will educate people on sustainable energy sources,' said Azhar.

The Elephant and Castle project will be at the forefront of sustainable development in the UK, and will take a 'bundled' approach to sustainability already commonplace in other major European cities.

The scheme is said to set new standards in green development, on a scale previously unseen in UK. And Southwark council is pitching the project as an example of how development can be compatible with protecting the environment. Azhar's energy centre concept is an extension of this.

'It gives a community aspect to what energy actually means. It will encourage discussion on sustainable energy, which is a major aspect to the Elephant and Castle scheme,' added Azhar.

by Richard Vaughan

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