Richards Partington Architects’ plans for a former petrol station in Clerkenwell features ground source heat pumps, PVs and wind turbines

Richards Partington Architects (RPA) is proposing to turn a Clerkenwell petrol station into a car-free scheme with 20% of its energy generated on-site.

The £10m development, which has been submitted for planning, features a full range of sustainable features, including ground source heat pumps, rooftop wind turbines, solar thermal panels, and a community heating system.

Rainwater harvesting and cycle storage also feature on the mixed-use scheme which comprises 3300 sq ft of retail space, 20,000 sq ft of office space and 11 apartments. The architect has also included a pedestrian passageway linking Clerkenwell Road with St John’s Square.

Commenting on the scheme Simon Bradbury of Richards Partington Architects said: “Sustainability is not only about carbon emissions. We believe in the importance of economic viability and social capital as well as in contributing to local architectural and environmental quality.”

The building's client is Azure Property.