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RPA submits London 'green' scheme for planning - images

Richard Partington Architects (RPA) has submitted a £10 million planning application for this 'green' scheme in the heart of London's Clerkenwell district.

The mixed-use development for Azure Property - to be built in a 'gap' on Clerkenwell Road caused by Second World War bombs - will include retail and office space as well as eight two- and three-bedroom residential units.

Simon Bradbury of RPA said the proposal 'gives body to the possibility of competitive high-density urban infill with EcoHome and BREEAM ratings of 'Excellent'.'

Although clad in 'traditional' hand-made blue-grey bricks, the finished building will incorporate state-of the-art environmental technology including ground-source heat pumps, rooftop wind turbines, solar thermal panels, a community heating system, a green roof and rain water harvesting equipment.

Bradbury said all technology would contribute toward a 20 per cent on-site supply of renewable energy, but he warned: 'This is only achievable in conjunction with passive techniques and good design.'

by Max Thompson

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