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250 City Rd

After protracted negotiations, planning consent was finally granted by the GLA last month for Berkeley Homes’ luxury 250 City Road mixed-use development in Islington. Proposals include 927 apartments across eight blocks, including two towers of 42 and 36 storeys, alongside a hotel and substantial new office and retail spaces.

Hodkinson Consultancy assisted throughout the planning application with technical input and attendance at the GLA hearing when the Mayor of London granted consent.

We worked closely with the Berkeley Homes design team to develop a comprehensive Energy and Sustainability strategy. This proposed a highly efficient fabric specification to significantly reduce the site’s heat demand, a district heat network and solar PV. A Memorandum or Understanding is to be agreed to develop the energy strategy by linking into the wider area Bunhill Heat Network, which will deliver substantial CO2 reductions.

Furthermore, through dynamic simulation, we also provided advice on implementing passive mitigation measures to reduce the risk of overheating within homes to acceptable levels.

We were able to demonstrate that the overall strategy will achieve a site-wide CO2 reduction of at least 43%, significantly reducing carbon abatement costs for the developer.