Zero Carbon London
→ Overall embodied carbon 121 kgCO2e/m2
→ Whole life carbon 5270 tCO2e
→ 94% of the primary structure retained
A former 1970s brutalist Camden Council office building has been transformed into The Standard, London, a contemporary, boutique hotel. The project successfully demonstrates how to optimise an existing building through a change of use for a long-life, loose fit future. On site, a ‘total engineering’ approach allowed for designing both temporary and permanent works as a single integrated system, using smart phasing to minimise temporary works and its hidden embodied carbon. 94 per cent of the structure was reused, providing significant carbon savings. Over 30 per cent of additional load was added to the existing structure with almost no strengthening.