GIB signs deal for £1.5bn offshore wind site

  • The Green Investment Bank (GIB) yesterday unveiled its backing for a £1.5 billion wind farm off the Suffolk coast, its eighth deal to date in the offshore wind sector.
  • The joint venture has also secured £1.37bn of debt facilities from a consortium of 12 commercial banks plus the European Investment Bank (EIB), making it the UK’s first construction-ready offshore wind project finance deal.
  • Although the partners haven’t detailed how much they have each committed to the project, it is thought GIB is investing around £100 million.
  • The Edinburgh and London-based bank has joined Siemens Financial Services, Macquarie Capital and German energy group RWE Innogy as 25 per cent joint equity partners in the Galloper wind farm.
  • Construction of the 336 megaWatt (mW) wind farm will start next month with around 700 jobs created during the construction phase and up to 90 in operations and maintenance once construction is complete.


Project Orange’s West Stow Lodge has a pared-back interior

  • West Stow Lodge was designed by London architects Project Orange for a family with three young children in a village near Bury St Edmunds.
  • To emphasise the sense of visual continuity throughout West Stow Lodge, Project Orange spaced the mullions of all the windows evenly, at 600-millimetre intervals.
  • Oak joinery, white-painted bricks, and concrete flooring were used to make the interior of this new house in Suffolk, England, more contemporary than its traditional pitched-roof exterior (+ slideshow).
  • “The interior materials echo the exterior, and are intended very much as an honest expression of the construction,” said Ash.
  • “Within this setting, the house can be seen as a nuanced, contemporary exploration of the domestic vernacular architecture in Suffolk,” said Ash.


Contentious British Library Achieves Grade 1 Listed Status As Public Opinion Mellows

  • Director of Listing at Historic England, Roger Bowdler, said: “The British Library is one of England’s finest modern public buildings.
  • Colin St John Wilson’s stately yet accessible design incorporates fine materials and a generous display of public art.
  • The Library’s dramatic and carefully considered interiors achieve its ultimate goal: of creating a space to inspire thought and learning.

    “Historic England has had a really constructive consultation with the British Library throughout.

  • This will enable it to go on flourishing as a dynamic public building, in which appropriate change is welcomed.

    “It joins a select group of other listed post-war public libraries on the National Heritage List for England.

  • Intended to move and inspire its visitors, the British Library’s London site is much-loved and well-used by scholars and members of the public alike for its soaring and stimulating spaces.