Paddington Square, London
WSP developed the initial design by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to prioritise greater energy-efficiency and ensure emissions will decline as the electricity grid decarbonises.
carbon reduction on Part L requirements39% 39%
further reduction in carbon emissions by 205037% 37%
of space heating met by heat pumps67% 67%
The project was guided by sustainability from the outset, aiming to achieve BREEAM Excellent and to comply with the significant emission reductions required by the London Plan. We then took this a step further by examining how heat pumps could cut carbon compared to CHP
When we started looking at this back in 2018, it was clear the grid was getting greener but planning policies didn’t yet reflect this. We pre-empted this change, examining the carbon-reduction benefits of electric heat pumps on our own initiative.