The Bishops Square Development, completed in 2005, is a good example of incorporating environmental objectives into building design and construction.
The landmark development designed by awarding winning architects Foster and Partners, is a joint venture between Hammerson Plc and the City of London. The site provides 70,600 metres squared of office space (now leased to international law firm Allen and Overy) along with 4,000 metres squared of retail space.
In addition there are over four acres of landscaped public space and a new covered market – Crispin Square – which connects this new development with the old Spitalfields Market. The project also included restoration of important historical buildings along Brushfield Street and preservation of a twelfth century chapel.
Key to this development was the installation of 600 metres squared of solar photovoltaic (PV) roof panels making this the largest commercial solar panel installation in Europe.
The use of renewable energy will power public area lighting across the site, equivalent to powering 200 computers! It is predicted that solar panels will save over 30 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions helping to reduce the building’s eco-footprint. Each tier also has a roof garden.
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