Phase one of the regeneration of London’s Elephant and Castle is Strata. It’s the tallest residential building in the city standing 147 metres tall and represents the future of sustainable buildings in the UK. Built at a cost of £113 million pounds Strata is the first of three energy efficient glass towers that will be at the heart of an exciting new development in the area. Offering panoramic views of landmarks like St Pauls Cathedral, Strata is set to become one of England’s most desirable buildings to live in.
Each of the buildings 408 apartments feature ceiling to floor energy efficient windows
, a factor that contributes to the building’s reputation as the most energy efficient glass structure
in the capital. Alongside energy efficient glazing
Strata also produces a lot of its own energy through the three wind turbines that are mounted at the peak of the building. It is estimated that these turbines produce 8 per cent of the building’s energy needs, roughly enough power to run the building’s electrical and mechanical services like the lifts and the automated glass cleaning
rigs as well as lighting and the heating of the buildings public spaces.
Although figures are yet to be released proving that the energy efficiency
of Strata is as competent as assumed one cannot argue against the green intentions of the building. By attempting to employ the benefits of energy conservation
measures like wind power and energy efficient glazing
the building is clearly taking a lead in setting sustainable building standards
and the city of London will surely benefit from it.
Strata is the tallest residential building in London