Address: 8 Walworth Road, Southwark | LONDON | United Kingdom
Latitude/Longitude: 51.49293, -0.09941
Strata SE1 is a 148-metre, 43-storey building at Elephant and Castle in the London Borough of Southwark in London. It is one of the tallest residential buildings in London with more than 1,000 residents live in its 408 flats.
25% of the building’s flats have been sold by Family Mosaic Housing Association for shared-ownership sale. These consist of the “Esprit Apartments” — located on floors 2–10 of the tower — and a further nine flats in the adjacent “Pavilion”, a three-storey structure located to the west of the tower and earmarked for former residents of the nearby Heygate Estate.
Each floor of the affordable area comprises 10 flats (equally divided between one and two-bedroom flats), while each floor above the 10th floor contains 11 flats in a mixture of studios, one-bedroom flats, two-bedroom flats, and three-bedroom flats to a total of 310 units.
The top of the building features three wind turbines. Strata SE1 has its own extranet site, named “inhabit”. The one-level basement of the building contains a secure car park and 437 bicycle storage places.
The current tower was first proposed in 2005; construction began in 2007 and was completed in June 2010. The cost is estimated at £113.5 million. The building was ‘topped out’ in June 2009.
Strata SE1 is one of the first buildings in the world to incorporate wind turbines as part of its structure. The three 9-metre wind turbines at the top of the building are rated at 19 kW each and are anticipated to produce a combined 50MWh of electricity per year. They are expected to generate sufficient energy to provide power for the common areas of the building (8% of the energy needs of the building), although questions about their real efficiency will remain unanswered until the completion of two years of comprehensive wind data analysis.
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