Boundary House will:
- Have sustainability at its heart and target a BREEAM Excellent rating.
- Create a new shared public space and pocket park at ground floor.
- Deliver significant urban greening of the public realm including two new ‘urban forests’ with over 80 trees to reduce noise and air pollution.
- Create a new public pedestrian route around the building and more desirable east west route through the building reducing stress on surrounding streets.
- Implement an innovative servicing strategy that embraces the latest in logistics such as consolidation, electric vehicles and cargo bike deliveries and overnight vehicle servicing.
- Make the most of its excellent public transport connection and become a zero car development.
Following consultation with key stakeholders, the proposals now include two new ‘urban forests’ at levels 5 and 15.
The level 15 Rooftop forest will include over 55 trees, with the Lower Forest at level 5 consisting of over 25 trees providing much needed greening and which will minimise the visibility of the rooftop plant and provide visual relief to neighbouring buildings. All trees will be between 1.5 – 2.5m tall and will be native species, selected for their biodiversity and resiliency.
The substructure and ground floor of the existing building will be retained.
It is estimated that 20% of the existing structure’s embodied carbon can be retained through this development approach.
The new proposals will also be assessed with the aim of minimising embodied carbon and will be built with future life cycle in mind, including considering future deconstruction in their design.