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...and council vows to fight for Portland Place turbine

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The RIBA will fight to save its plans to install wind turbines on the roof of its Portland Place headquarters building. As revealed by the AJ (6/13.12.01), planning officers at Westminster are recommending that permission be refused for the two 20m turbines designed by Allies and Morrison.

A defiant council agreed that the RIBA should continue to wage a high-profile campaign to win approval and promote its environmental strategy.

Hyett was resolute: 'We need to take stock and go back with something more substantial, ' he said.

David Thorp suggested the turbines should be placed on wheels to avoid the need for planning permission. He said the fact that Westminster was trying to ban the institute from pursuing its environmental policy was 'ridiculous'.

George Ferguson was concerned that the turbine plan contained an 'element of tokenism'.

But vice-president for sustainable futures Peter Smith reassured members that the initiative was part of a larger programme 'looking in context at a broader policy for the building'.

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