South Bank Tower
In 2016, EvoEnergy were awarded the contract by construction company – Mace – to design and install a 26 kWp solar PV system on the summit of one of Central London’s tallest and iconic building; South Bank Tower.
The 1970’s skyscraper, formerly known as Kings Reach Tower, was once home to Europe’s largest publishing company (IPC Magazines) but following a ten year period of being derelict, has recently been transformed into luxury apartments, restaurants, office space and retail units.
As part of the refurbishment, the building has also been increased in height with the addition of 11 new floors, taking it 42 storeys totalling 155m. A 26 kWp solar PV system consisting of 100 SolarWorld 260W panels has also been designed and installed by EvoEnergy on the limited roof space on floors 41 and 42, offering tenants the added benefit of green energy.
James Fuller, Project Manager at EvoEnergy, commented on the install:
“Getting a solar system on top of a building this high is a complex process; it brings different challenges to an installation, on say, a two or three storey building. There’s a lot of planning to be done around the logistics of the project, and once you’re up there you have to contend with the ever-changing British weather – there were a few times we had to stop working due to the high winds!”.
“The finished solar system looks fantastic and really complements the building’s new, modern look. Not only is it going to help reduce the tower’s annual energy costs, it’s also an attractive feature which may appeal to those looking for eco-friendly features in their new home.”
South Bank Tower is situated in the heart of London in-between two iconic bridges; Blackfriars and Waterloo and is part of the on-going generation of South Bank. The project has been developed by CIT, a London-based private and independent real estate investor and develpor, along with Jadwa, an investment bank based in Saudi Arabia.
Mace are the construction company contracted by the developers to refurbish South Bank Tower; a company that EvoEnergy has worked with since 2011.
Shaun Tate, Mace Project Director, said:
“It’s very important to Mace that we use sustainable and energy efficient methods whenever possible so using solar technology on this innovative, modern building just seemed like the right fit. We have to think about the end users of the buildings that we build so this will benefit the residents of South Bank Tower and I’m very proud of what the whole team has achieved here.”
Steve Riddell, Director of Developments at CIT, further added:
“CIT is very pleased with the completed South Bank Tower. Everyone who worked on the project delivered a very complex construction project which entails extensive re-use of existing structures, basement construction adjacent to 100 occupied flats, new built construction and an 11 storey extension of an existing 31 storey tower. It also includes mixed uses – office, retail and 193 luxury flat that will benefit its energy efficient model.”
Installing solar PV on tall buildings that require innovative solutions and bring many logistical challenges isn’t anything new to EvoEnergy, having previously installed a 250-panel array on London’s 38 storey ‘Walkie Talkie’ building at 20 Fenchurch Street.