MM ZeroC02 Roof Extension wins Planning Approval
Marcel Mauer’s zero carbon roof extension and interior refurbishment of a light industrial warehouse in Dalston, London won planning permission in February 2018. The news has arrived after a long planning negotiation. In the words of Antonio Pisano, director and co-founder at Marcel Mauer, consistency and commitment have been the most important devices for success.
The project is the result of a win-win partnership between a free holder and a long term tenant, who just so happens to be the architect. At the outset of the project Marcel Mauer’s sustainable value feasibility study ruled out the option of demolishing and rebuilding the entire block in light of loss of social value, local character and unlocked CO2. The project has since developed to maximise density whilst minimise alteration to the urban fabric.
The development will deliver the conversion of the third floor layout of the mid Victorian industrial warehouse, currently used as a two bed flat, into three dwelling units also including a roof extension. Sustainability is the core value of the development and the site will be used as a test bed for solutions to be then proposed to the rest of the terrace. Aquaponics tanks will be used to farm rainbow trouts and the resulting fertiliser will be used on a roof top veg allotment. The roof extension building will be entirely manufactured offsite to achieve the highest standard of thermal performance whilst maintaining natural ventilation. The roof has been designed to maximise the area for solar thermal and PV panels.
In terms of design the propose new massing combines the geometric efficiency of environmental performance with the historical affinity to the roof-scape of 19th century European urban density. The aim is to deliver fun interiors for new quality housing with zero fossil fuels based materials.
The collaborative development mechanisms tested with 37 John Campbell Road have inspired the creation of startup SpaceUp.site, now a business partner of Marcel Mauer and focused on collaborative housing development.
In the words of Julia Lydall, RICS Quantity Surveyor and CEO at SpaceUp, London provides a unique opportunity: