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Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains answers to a number of frequently asked questions.

The Building

Demolition of the vacant six storey office building commenced April 2007. The main contractor started on site December 2007 on a 29 month build programme.

Estimated to range from 750 to over 1,000 residents.

Strata SE1 delivers £2.6 million of direct improvements to the local areas via the S106 Agreement. Substantial landscaping works are currently being implemented by the contactor in and around the immediate area, funded as part of Strata SE1’s S106 commitment.

Strata SE1 is the first development in the world where wind turbines have been constructed within the fabric of the building.

The development has been crafted by a world class architect and its striking and bold design has enabled Strata SE1 to become one of London’s new Icons and a landmark for sustainability.

As the tallest residential building in Central London, residents benefit from a Zone 1 location, excellent public transport links and unrivalled views of the key London landmarks, recognisable throughout the world.

All apartments within Strata SE1 offer uncompromised open plan living achieved through the use of apartment sprinkler systems and complex fire engineering - relatively unique in England & Wales.

All apartments also benefit from full height glazing and are connected with open access fibre optic cable for PC’s, television and telephone allowing next generation broadband and high definition digital broadcast services to be delivered to each residents door.

A Strata SE1 marketing office accommodating representatives from the developer, affordable housing provider, building management, leasing and sales agents will be operating from the commercial unit underneath the Pavilion from the end of April 2010.

Construction

Strata SE1 comprises 408 high quality apartments. The mix and size breakdown is as follows:

  • 40x studios 378-626 sq ft NIA (35-58 sq m NIA)
  • 200x 1 bedrooms 457-1,066 sq ft NIA (42-99 sq m NIA)
  • 148x 2 bedrooms 715-1,039 sq ft NIA (66-97 sq m NIA)
  • 20x 3 bedrooms 986-1,863 sq ft NIA (92-173 sq m NIA)

 

On site affordable housing of 25% by habitable room will be provided through 98 shared ownership apartments (51 x 1 bedroom, 47 x 2 bedroom) located between Levels 2-10 of the Tower and Levels 1-4 of the Pavilion. As a whole, Strata SE1 delivers 40% affordable housing by habitable room when the £1.3 milion off site allocation that forms part of the S106 contribution is taken into consideration.

Strata SE1 was designed by BFLS (formerly Hamilton Architects), led by Robin Partington and Ian Bogle. In his previous role at Foster & Partners, Robin was responsible for the early evolution of 30 St Mary Axe, better known to most as the Gherkin.

 

  • WSP Group (Structural Engineer)
  • WSP Buildings (M&E Services Engineer, Fire Engineer, Acoustic Consultant)
  • Gleeds (Cost Consultant)
  • DP9 (Planning Consultant)
  • URS Corporation Limited (Environment Assessment Consultant)
  • The Richard Coleman Consultancy (Townscape Consultant)
  • BDSP (Initial Concept Wind Turbine Consultant)
  • Norwin (Wind Turbine Consultant and Contractor)
  • Construction Project Services UK Limited (CDM Co-ordinator)

 

Sustainability

From the outset of initial design back in January 2005, sustainability has been key to the evolution of Strata SE1. The developer, professional team and contractor have developed and implemented a comprehensive sustainability strategy that details all of the processes and procedures from project concept, design, construction and post occupation.

Strata SE1 is the first development in the world to integrate wind turbines into the fabric of a building. This was a conscious decision by Brookfield Europe to push the boundaries and investigate whether wind turbines are a reasonable environmental investment in an urban environment.

Other sustainable aspects of Strata SE1 include:

 

  • District heating system
  • Bespoke high thermal performing facade with an air permeability leakage rate that is 50% better than current building regulations
  • Whole house ventilation system with heat recovery
  • Low energy light bulbs in all landlord areas and 40% of the lighting in each apartment.
  • Absence and presence lighting control system to all landlord areas.
  • Car park lighting control provided with motion detection that reduces lighting by 50% when there is no movement
  • 96% recycling of all waste material generated during the construction stage.
  • Connection to the planned Elephant & Castle Multi Utility Services Company community combined heat and power and grey water system.

 

All renewable energy technologies, practical to the site, were considered by the professional team during the initial planning period in early 2005 as potential solutions to the mandated 10% on site renewable energy target set by the Mayor and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Wind turbines, photo voltaic (PV) cells, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal heating were all tested for their suitability and effectiveness. Wind turbines were pursued as they offered the best potential to achieve results given the height and shape of the proposed building. The opportunity to incorporate them into the architecture and deliver a highly visible commitment to sustainable design added further validation.

The three five bladed nine metre diameter wind turbines are rated at 19kW each and are anticipated to produce 50MWh of electricity per year. To put this figure into context, it is enough energy to meet the total annual demand from 30 two bedroom apartments (based on current 2006 Building Regulations) or 20 two bedroom apartments (based on 2001 Building Regulations); approximately 8% of Strata SE1's estimated total energy consumption.

The electricity generated by the turbines will be used to supplement the landlords supply for the common areas of Strata SE1. The actual energy output of the wind turbines will only accurately be known after they are fully commissioned and 2 years of comprehensive wind data analysis has been completed.

Reduce carbon emissions for the development and enable Strata SE1's residents to benefit from lower domestic operating costs, lower service charges, healthier internal environmental conditions and general improvement in their wellbeing.

Independent analysis by Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited (IES) has compared CO2 emissions from Strata SE1 against the Building Regulations 2006 Part L2 targets. The result demonstrates that Strata SE1 (with the MUSCo system in place) will achieve a predicted 73.5% reduction in CO2 emissions when compared against the Building Regulations benchmark.

Independent analysis also concludes that Strata SE1 is predicted to achieve 2050 CO2 target emissions.

The Area

Brookfield Europe are not involved in the wider regeneration of the Elephant & Castle area. However we understand from Council officers that on the 30th November 2009, Southwark Council's Executive approved the terms of a Heads of Terms agreement with their development partner, Lend Lease Europe Ltd. This decision paves the way for the next stage of delivering Southwark Council's vision for the area by agreeing and documenting a Regeneration Agreement.

We understand that both parties are working towards having the Regeneration Agreement in place by the end of June 2010. Thereafter we believe they will immediately proceed with demolition of part of the vacant Heygate Estate. No new information on the masterplan for the regeneration is expected to be made public until the end of 2010.

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Sales

There are 310 private apartments between Levels 10-42 of the Tower and 98 shared ownership apartments on Levels 2-10 of the Tower and Levels 1-4 of the Pavilion.

306 of the private apartments were pre sold off plan in three phases during 2007. Only four private apartments remain available for purchase post practical completion.

 

  • 39.01 3 bedrooms 1,328 sq ft NIA
  • 41.03 1 bedroom duplex 1,066 sq ft NIA
  • 41.02 2 bedrooms 753 sq ft NIA
  • 41.05 3 bedroom duplex penthouse 1,863 sq ft NIA

 

For further information on these apartments or to register your interest, contact stratase1@brookfieldeurope.com or call Sarah on + 44 (0)207 408 8411.

Family Mosaic, the RSL partner for Strata SE1, have yet to sell their 98 part buy, part rent apartments. Marketing commenced March 2010.

For further information on the shared ownership apartments, contact Family Mosaic on +44 (0)20 7089 1315, e-mail: sales@familymosaic.co.uk or review their website http:// www.espritapartments.co.uk/

Lettings

A number of investors have bought apartments within Strata SE1 which they will be looking to let post completion of the development. Consequently there will be studios, 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments available for rent from Level 11 upwards for occupation from July 2010.

A Strata SE1 apartment letting and management service will operate on behalf of investors from one of the commercial units underneath the Pavilion. It is hoped that the agent will be appointed by the end of March 2010.

In the meantime, to register your interest in renting an apartment at Strata SE1, contact stratase1@brookfieldeurope.com or call Sarah on + 44 (0)207 408 8411