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