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