Bunhill 2 Energy Centre wins NLA environmental prize

ASBP members, Cullinan Studio’s project, Bunhill 2 Energy Centre for Transport for London, wins Environmental Prize in the New London Awards 2020.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “It’s great to see this highly innovative project up and running, recycling waste heat from the Tube to provide a low-carbon, affordable way of heating local homes and businesses. I’ve set London the target of being carbon-neutral by 2030. It’s an ambition that will require innovative projects like Bunhill to help deliver it. If we’re truly going to tackle the climate emergency we will need progressive partnerships between local authorities, City Hall, TfL and others as was demonstrated so perfectly by this project.”

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Cullinan Studio were challenged by Islington Council to create a building that would inspire, intrigue and “celebrate the necessary.” They were keen as a team to explore how a new language of civic industrial architecture could begin to define this new typology of heat networks, just as Joseph Bazalgette had revolutionised the design of the public water systems in the 19th century and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott celebrated the design of the utilitarian phone box in the 20th century.

Cullinans were part of a project team that included McGurk Chartered Architects (Delivery Architect), Islington Council Architects, Ramboll (M&E / Sustainability Engineer), McMahon Associates (Structural Engineer), Gleeds (Cost Consultant), Aecom (CDM Coordinator), Toby Paterson (Artist), and Colloide Engineering (Contractor).

This project also won the RIAI Award for Sustainability (2020) and was shortlisted in the RIAI International Awards (2020), the Dezeen Awards (2020) and the Blueprint Awards  (2020).

More information about the Bunhill 2 Energy Centre can be seen on the Islington Borough Council website.

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