Wind in it's sails

Friday 26 Mar 2010

BFLS unveils its new name

From 16th March, Hamiltons Architects has been re-launched as BFLS, adopting the initials of the new practice’s four founding directors: Ian Bogle, Jason Flanagan, David Lawrence and John Silver. Ian Bogle comments: “The decision to re-name the practice was not taken lightly – we simply felt it was time for us to promote a consistent and coherent message. BFLS symbolises the impressive and wide-ranging body of architecture we are now delivering. Despite the challenges of the current climate, this is an exciting time for us.”

Managing Director, David Lawrence says: “We decided to keep the name as simple as possible. We want BFLS to be synonymous with innovative design such as the residential tower at Elephant & Castle, Park House on Oxford Street and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. We continue to deliver location responsive solutions for office schemes - our work in Hammersmith and Fetter Lane being great examples - and along with our growing international projects, primarily in the Czech Republic and Libya, this represents the start of an impressive platform for the new practice.”

Alongside this name change, comes news that work is underway to install three wind turbines at BFLS’ 408-apartment tower at Elephant & Castle. Each turbine is set to have 15 blades, each with a 9m diameter rotor plane. As the first building in the world with integral wind turbines, BFLS hope that Strata SE1 will set a new benchmark in terms of environmental strategy. The turbines are designed to produce 50 Mwh of electrical power per year for the landlords supply, providing approximately 8% of the 43 storey building’s total energy consumption. The scheme is scheduled to be completed in May of this year.

BFLS have refuted claims that the turbines are set to cause excess noise, saying: "BFLS can confirm that Strata SE1’s three wind turbines can operate at any time of the day or night taking advantage of favourable wind conditions. We can also confirm the turbines will have no audible impact on the apartments."

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