On Monday, 27 January 2020, the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) published the Climate Emergency Design Guide which provides advice on how new buildings in London can meet the UK’s climate change mitigation targets. Over 12 months, the guide has been written collectively by a team of over 100 volunteers from across the built environment industry, offering consensus on how buildings can achieve net zero carbon.

Members of the sustainability group at Allies and Morrison have made key contributions to the report. Among them, our Sabrina Friedl co-authored the guide’s primer for Chapter 2 on ‘Embodied Carbon’, providing guidance for clients, designers and policy-makers to better understand how embodied carbon can be reduced in the design and construction of buildings. James Woodall, our sustainability manager was one of the editors for the guide, in addition to the workstream lead for operational energy.

‘Clients and local authorities have set a high bar with declarations of climate emergency and carbon neutrality. Our built environment must respond. The Climate Emergency Design Guide provides the perfect primer for different stakeholders to facilitate meaningful change and help navigate the route to zero carbon’, says partner Simon Fraser, ‘LETI represent what is possible when committed volunteers unite to enable and enhance change – and there is no greater cause than the climate crisis that threatens our future.’

Download your free copy of the guide here.


Last week, phase 1 at Hale Wharf topped out. The two urban buildings of 14 and 20 storeys respond to the canalside urban context along Ferry Lane and Monument Way.

They have been are developed in the manner of robust historic waterside buildings with stock bricks used in their exteriors and zinc roofs, which will be installed over the next months. The residential towers provide flexible commercial space on ground floor. All residential units are accessed from a new waterside public square at the centre of the site.

The new Hale Wharf bridge over the River Lea Navigation lands near the end of a new public square, creating a new link between the surrounding neighbourhoods of Tottenham Hale to the west enabling further connection to the parklands to the east.



Now onsite behind our studios is a small residential development set within a small, irregularly shaped plot left following the completion of the Crane Building. It arranges nine homes for rent, and ground floor commercial space in a compact plan making best use of its tight infill site.

The project intends to repair this gap, creating connections to the adjacent buildings and contributing to the street with an active frontage. Complementing the architecture of its immediate surroundings, the main material of its facade is a black brick, in the emerging tradition of the Bankside vernacular.

A small yet distinctive addition to our neighbourhood, it will join a number of buildings we have designed around our studios.


Partner Alfredo Caraballo has been interviewed by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, on plans for 2150 Lake Shore, a new neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end being masterplanned by Allies and Morrison.

Reflecting on and comparing the opportunity to our masterplan for King’s Cross, he remarks, ‘Before we started building at King’s Cross, we went through 27 options for using the space and when it finally happened, it happened differently. One of the fundamental things you have to have in a plan is flexibility. At the same time, there has to be an underlying framework to work around. What we did in King’s Cross and will be doing here is create what we call an armature. We have to set a robust pattern of the transit lines, the streets and squares and connections that everything else will be built around.’

Read more here.