Delivered coordinated energy and overheating strategy through façade specific approaches; Reduced carbon offset commitment by 75%. All despite noise sensitive site due to proximity of cinema to residential units. Total project included 209 apartments & adjoining leisure/retail/commercial space.
Supported throughout Planning, Design & Construction, working to RIBA 1-6, to develop an Energy Strategy and deliver SAP and SBEM assessments.
This mixed-use development had stringent requirements to retain the original building’s rich history while delivering modern residential, leisure and retail spaces.
St George were keen to not only retain aspects of the historic Empire Cinema, but also draw inspiration from it, preserving its art deco façade and creating high-quality facilities inside.
The mixed-use development had a cinema complex adjoining residential units, impacting acoustic, overheating and energy performance considerations.
When the client submitted a further planning application for additional dwellings, we supported with negotiations over appropriate carbon offset payments. Over the duration of the planning process the development was covered by a further update to the London Plan, meaning the local planning authority (LPA) sought to apply new requirements across the whole site.
We successfully negotiated that updated requirements were applied only to the additional dwellings and not, as the LPA initially sought, extended to the original residential units which had been approved under previous London Plan requirements.