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Cameron turns to architect to improve green credentials

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New Tory leader David Cameron has turned to the architectural community to prove his environmental credentials, an area the Conservatives are targeting in a bid to attract younger voters.

The new Conservative leader has appointed London-based Michaelis Boyd Associates to transform his Notting Hill home with a host of green measures.

The £1m project will feature a variety of environmental additions, including a new wind turbine for the roof of the property.

Michaelis Boyd is one of the capital's up-and-coming practices, having featured in RIBA London's Future House Competition in 2003.

The office came to prominence with a concept design, Low Build Contempory Eco House, a semi-subterranean design for a site not far from Cameron's home.

However the Cameron scheme does court some controversy. It will prove difficult to persuade planners at Kensington and Chelsea - a Tory-controlled council - to approve the roof turbine in a conservation area.

by Ed Dorrell

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