The Greenwich Peninsula Low Carbon Energy Centre will be an important new landmark for sustainable and affordable energy for one of London’s major urban development areas: the Greenwich Peninsula, including over 10,000 new homes and over 300,000 square meters of office space.
Situated in a prominent location at the entrance to the peninsula, adjacent to the Blackwall Tunnel Approach, the building houses technically advanced boilers and combined heat & power plant that will distribute heat energy via a District Heating Network (DHN) from the Energy Centre to each plot across the development.
Guided by a desire to demystify the process of energy generation, the machine room and flexible ancillary office accommodation is supplemented with a visitor centre that will offer an interactive educational experience for pre arranged groups of visitors. The building footprint further allows for flexibility in adopting new energy technology over the building’s substantial lifetime.
The 49 meter tall flue enclosure is turned into a place-making statement for the gateway to the Peninsula. Designed by British artist Conrad Shawcross, the cladding for the structure will be formed of hundreds of triangular panels, each the height of a London bus. These tiles fold and flow across the surface of the tower forming complex geometric patterns that visually break up the flat planes to create an uneven, sculpted surface that plays with the vanishing points and perspective. At night, an integrated lighting design will produce a shifting series of compositions lit from within the structure.