Westminster City Council has resolved to grant planning consent for plans submitted by Grosvenor Britain and Ireland to convert a Grade II listed building at 119 Ebury Street, Belgravia, into three highly sustainable apartments.
The pilot scheme will involve installing a range of sustainability measures that are anticipated to reduce the building’s carbon emissions from 29 tonnes per year to six, meeting the Government’s 2050 target of an 80% reduction in emissions and achieving a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.
Key sustainability features that are unusual in listed buildings include:
• Double glazing to original windows
• Secondary vacuum glazing
• Internal insulation
• Photovoltaic array
The project is expected to start in late 2013 with completion due in mid 2015. Once occupied, Grosvenor will monitor its energy efficiency comparing it with a property at 125 Ebury Street that has been refurbished to our normal (BREEAM “Very Good”) standard.
Commenting on the approval, Giles Clarke, Executive Director of Grosvenor’s London estate, said: “Pilot studies in a real-world environment are essential to understanding and prioritising improvements to buildings. We have been working closely with Westminster City Council and English Heritage in the run up to submitting this application and see this consent as an important milestone in ensuring the long term sustainability of the London estate.”
In addition to the 1500 listed buildings on Grosvenor’s London estate of Mayfair and Belgravia, there are a further 11,000 listed buildings across the City of Westminster.
Clark added: “I believe that pilot schemes such as 119 Ebury Street are fundamental not just to Grosvenor’s comprehensive strategy to refurbish our listed properties on the estate, but to the part they can play in helping to conserve listed buildings across London whilst improving their environmental performance.”
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Naomi Curtis/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
020 7312 6479/6101
Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through our skills in placemaking anddesign, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. The core portfolio comprises 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in London, which first came into the Grosvenor family in 1677. Ownership and active management of its London estate remains at the heart of Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s strategy. Investment assets comprise the largest part of its portfolio. Grosvenor Britain & Ireland also undertakes development across London, and in selected city centres around the UK. As at 31 December 2012, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £4.8bn.