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    Image of 52-54 Lime Street building.

    ​© Miller Hare

    Elevation drawing of 52-54 Lime Street.

    ​© Miller Hare

High-rise office building with off-setting of the shortfall in carbon emission savings


Kohn Pederson Fox

BREEAM rating

”Very good”

The proposed development is a 39 storey tower rising to 200m and containing 60,000sq.m of offices with retailing at ground floor and basement levels. Planning permission was granted in June 2013.

The scheme’s energy strategy states that overall carbon dioxide emissions savings compared to a building regulations-compliant building are 21%.  This falls 4% short of the London Plan’s target of 25% for non-domestic buildings approved between 2010 and 2013.

London Plan Policy 5.2 states that “carbon reduction targets should be met on site. Where it is clearly demonstrated that  the specific targets cannot be fully achieved on site, any shortfall may be provided off-site or through a cash-in-lieu contribution to secure delivery of carbon dioxide savings elsewhere”.

Conditions attached to the permission for the Lime Street scheme require a detailed assessment and incorporation of additional measures to reach the 25% target and improve the BREEAM rating. If this cannot be met, an agreement will be reached between the developers, the City and the Mayor to ensure the payment of contributions which will be ring-fenced for carbon reduction measures elsewhere.​​