Exclusive: New carbon report slams Pilbrow’s Oxford St demolition plans

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Plans by Pilbrow and Partners to demolish Marks and Spencer’s flagship West End store are inconsistent with tackling the climate crisis and directly at odds with government policy, according to a report by zero carbon expert Simon Sturgis

The report, authored by architect and carbon expert Simon Sturgis and commissioned by SAVE Britain’s Heritage, compared the whole-life carbon impact of a comprehensive retrofit of the well-known 1929 landmark with Pilbrow’s controversial replacement project, which won planning from Westminster City Council last November.

Sturgis said the consented 10-storey consented retail and office scheme will result in ‘significantly’ higher carbon emissions and does not comply with the UK Government’s net zero legislation, the Greater London Authority’s stated policy to prioritise retrofit nor Westminster City Council’s declaration of a climate emergency.


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