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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Strata SE1 Tower in UK by BFLS Architects designed using MicroStation

April 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Strata SE1 is a 148 metre high 43-storey residential tower that forms a dynamic new addition to the London skyline. The first building in the world with integral wind turbines, it sets a new benchmark in terms of environmental strategy.

View from South to City of London

  • Architects: Bogle Flanagan Lawrence Silver Ltd
  • Project: Strata SE1
  • Location: Elephant & Castle, London, UK
  • Height: 148 metres (AGL)
  • Quantum: 306,000 sq ft GEA, 255,000 sq ft NIA
  • Total Development Cost: £117 million
  • Software used: Bentley MicroStation

View of Strata SE1 from South East

  • Project Status: Completed June 2010
  • Client: Brookfield Europe
  • Structural/ M&E Engineer: WSP Group
  • Environmental Advisor: URS Corporation Ltd
  • Construction Advisor: Brookfield Construction UK Ltd
  • CDM Co-ordinator: Construction Project Services UK Ltd
  • Planning Supervisor: Construction Project Services UK Ltd
  • Planning: Consultant DP9

View of Strata SE1 from East

  • 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 Consultant: Gleeds
  • Net to Gross Ratio: 83.5%
  • Value per sq ft: £650

Strata SE1 west South North Facades

The tallest residential building in Central London, Strata SE1 is also the first significant development to be delivered as part of the regeneration of the Elephant & Castle. It delivers 408 high quality private and affordable residences to the area and will be home to more than 1,000 residents. 20 of the 98 affordable homes are reserved exclusively for residents relocated from the nearby Heygate Estate.

Penthouse Kitchen Area

The client’s brief challenged the design team to develop a high-rise residential concept that would kick start the Elephant & Castle regeneration and embrace energy efficiency, targeting an EcoHomes assessment rating of “excellent”. Located in one of the Mayor of London’s Energy Action Areas, sustainability has been key to the evolution of Strata SE1 from the outset of initial design back in January 2005. The three wind turbines are expected to produce 50 Mwh (Mega watt hours) of electrical power per year for the landlords supply, approximately 8% of the building’s total energy consumption.

Penthouse Bathroom

Strata SE1 is designed for sustainable urban living. Features include:

  • Bespoke high performing façade with an air permeability leakage rate that is 50% better than current building regulations
  • Whole house ventilation system with heat recovery to each apart­ment (SAP Appendix Q compliant)
  • Low energy lighting in all landlord areas and 40% of the lighting in each apartment
  • Absence and presence lighting control system to all landlord areas.
  • Car park lighting control provided with motion detection that reduc­es lighting by 50% when there is no movement
  • 96% recycling of all waste material generated during the construc­tion stage
  • Designed to connect ‘day one’ to the planned Elephant & Castle Multi Utility Services Company (MUSCo) district system which will provide heat and electricity from Biomass CHP energy centres, grey water to all toilets for all affordable units within Strata SE1 and a connection to the site wide fibre network, providing high speed data access to all residents.

Strata SE1 View from West with London Eye

Independent analysis by Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited (IES) has compared CO2 emissions from Strata SE1 against the Building Regulations 2006 Part L2 targets. The result demonstrates that Strata SE1 (with the connection to the MUSCo system in place) will achieve a predicted 73.5% reduction in CO2 emissions when compared against the Building Regulations benchmark.

North View

This independent analysis also concludes that Strata SE1 is predicted to achieve 2050 CO2 target emissions. Strata SE1’s sustainable design means that energy costs per apartment will be substantially less than the typical UK housing average significantly reducing residents and tenants occupational costs.

Strata SE1 View from 37th Floor Apartment

Strata SE1 Turbine Detail

Strata SE1 Night Shot

Strata SE1

Strata SE1 Turbine

Seating Area Reception

Reception View

Penthouse View

Penthouse Living Area

Penthouse Bathroom

Night Time View

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