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Nina Farrell
Tuesday 03 Aug 2010

BFLS complete Strata SE1 - first building in the world with integral wind turbines

Strata SE1 is a 148m high 43-storey residential development that creates a dynamic new landmark on the London skyline. The first building in the world with integral wind turbines, it attempts to set a new benchmark for environmental strategy.

This 408-apartment development is a major catalyst for the ongoing regeneration of the Elephant & Castle area in central London, its modest footprint-creating additional areas of public realm at ground level. The scheme also includes an adjacent five-storey pavilion building comprising residential and retail facilities. The client’s brief called for a concept embracing energy efficiency, targeting an EcoHomes assessment rating of ‘excellent’. Located in one of the Mayor of London’s Energy Action Areas, Strata SE1 embraces sustainable design and the latest renewable energy technologies.

The wind turbines are expected to produce 50 mega watt hours of electricity per year for the landlord’s supply, approximately 8% of the building’s estimated total energy consumption. Strata SE1 is designed for sustainable living, with an environmental strategy including three five-bladed, 9m diameter integrated wind turbines; a high-performance unitised aluminium curtain wall system and low energy landlord areas. Apartments are typically 40% low energy and 60% Tungsten lamping.

Strata will be connected to the planned Elephant & Castle MUSCo (Multi-Utility Services Company), a community combined heating and power scheme. Independent analysis has compared CO2 emissions from Strata SE1 against the Building Regulations 2006 Part L2 targets. The result demonstrates that Strata SE1 will achieve a predicted 73.5% reduction in CO2 emissions when compared against the Building Regulations benchmark.

Client: Brookfield Europe
Main Contractor: Brookfield Construction UK Ltd
Structural, M&E Engineer, Acoustic Consultants, Fire Engineer: WSP Group
Environmental Advisor: URS Corporation Ltd
Construction Advisor: Brookfield Construction UK Ltd
CDM Co-ordinator: Construction Project Services UK Ltd
Planning Consultants: DP9
Development Manager: Brookfield Developments UK Ltd
Townscape Consultant: The Richard Coleman Consultancy
Aviation Consultant: Donald Butler Associates Ltd
Wind Engineer: RWDI-Anemos Ltd
Wind Turbine Designer/Manufacturer: Norwin AS
Cost Consultants: Gleeds

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