Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor) has completed a ground breaking transformation of a Grade II listed building in Belgravia, central London, creating three market leading sustainable rental apartments and setting a new environmental standard for the industry.
The property is designed to reduce carbon emissions by over 75% from the property pre-development, 30 years ahead of the national target of 80% by 2050. It is also on track to become the first ever listed residential building in the UK to achieve BREEAM “Outstanding”, a globally recognised benchmark for sustainability, after initially receiving the accolade at design stage.
119 Ebury Street, a former hotel spanning 4,200 sq ft over five floors (now six), was selected by Grosvenor, in collaboration with Westminster City Council and Historic England, to investigate the extent to which listed, heritage buildings can be made more environmentally sustainable. Its performance will be monitored and compared with a neighbouring property enabling the team to accurately gauge the success of the project.
As well as setting a new industry standard, the apartments also offer a number of benefits to residents including lower energy bills, improved indoor air quality and better sound proofing. Tenants living in sustainably retrofitted properties such as these can expect to save up to 50% per year on their heating bills due to better insulation.
Will Bax, Director of Place-making, London estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “Improving the environmental performance of our properties is an integral part of our stewardship across the estate and is critical to ensuring its long-term success for generations to come.
“119 Ebury Street proves it is possible to bring 21st century technology into heritage buildings, creating a better environment for living whilst retaining their character and charm.”
Victoria Herring, Director of Refurbishment and Retrofit, London estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “This marks an exciting milestone in our industry’s ongoing effort to reduce emissions from heritage buildings in central London and beyond, and dispels the misconception that energy efficiency in its highest form is only achievable in new-build properties.”
The property, a previously run-down hotel in need of renovation, has been carefully reconfigured by David Morley Architects to create three bright and spacious apartments ranging in size from two to three bedrooms. The property’s original period features have been preserved and enhanced, whilst innovative new sustainable designs have been introduced to help minimise emissions. These include internal wall insulation, rainwater harvesting, PV panels and whole house ventilation and heat recovery.
Leading interior design practice, th2designs, a subsidiary of Taylor Howes, has thoughtfully dressed the property, with one of the apartments using a variety of recycled materials and designed exclusively using British-sourced furniture and fabrics.
Residents at 119 Ebury Street will also benefit from the property’s excellent location in the heart of Belgravia, just around the corner from popular Elizabeth Street, which is home to a number of up-market boutiques, cafes and restaurants. A short walk away is Pimlico Road, London’s premier design district. The property is also within easy reach of key transport hubs including Victoria and Sloane Square stations.
119 Ebury Street forms part of Grosvenor’s wider sustainability initiative which seeks to reduce carbon emissions across its London estate by 50% by 2030. This goal is made more challenging due to the fact that 25% of properties on the estate are listed.
The completion of 119 Ebury Street follows Grosvenor’s delivery of several other sustainably retrofitted properties across the estate. Three rental properties (one in Mayfair and two in Belgravia) last year set a new industry standard, becoming London’s first ever rental properties to achieve the highly regarded “EnerPHit Passivhaus” accolade.
The apartments are available from September. Prices start from £995pw for a two-bedroom apartment. For lettings enquires please contact email@example.com.