30 Charlotte Street, London

Formerly one large restaurant in need of repairs and modernisation, 30 Charlotte Street is a mixed-use building in the heart of Fitzrovia, London WC1. We worked with Shaftesbury in refurbishing the property into three residential units and aligning with BREEAM requirements in reducing carbon emissions.


Key details

Project name

30 Charlotte Street 




30 Charlotte Street, London

Services provided 


- Energy

- Flood Risk

- Transport services 


Developed by Shaftesbury, the project's main challenge was the property only having one facade open to light and ventilation.  

Daylighting credits were unable to be achieved, but full credits were given for ventilation, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and safety, in line with the BRE requirements. The decorative finishes used met the required VOC emission levels to guarantee safe and healthy breathing interiors.

To mitigate the noise from the nearby roads and neighbouring buildings, the BREEAM requirements saw high-quality sound insulation installed. The development’s location means waste can only be collected from Charlotte Street, leaving no sufficient external private space. 

A site waste management plan (SWMP) was created, which achieved exemplary levels of resource efficiency by providing a dedicated central location for waste to be collected.

To help maintain low operational energy usage in each dwelling, 100% efficient lighting, high energy efficient white goods and energy display devices capable of recording consumption data were all installed.



An initial BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ was required for this project. This was actually exceeded with an ‘Excellent’ rating achieved.

Working with Shaftesbury and BREEAM, we helped play a part in managing and mitigating the project’s environmental impact. This was through sustainable demonstration during planning, design, and construction through to operation. 

The project was audited at every phase. This helped to lower running costs, maximise returns through market value, and both attract and retain tenants with desirable places to live and work.

One of the key benefits of using BREEAM is the investment into future-proofing a development whilst certifying the project's sustainability at an international recognised standard.


This has been an exciting refurbishment project to be a part of. The entire team has been fantastic in delivering BREEAM targets. It’s important that assessors get involved with the project at early stages so that the client and all the project team have the opportunity to discuss the most suitable sustainability strategy and maximize energy and cost savings without compromising the comfort of the occupants. RPS will continue to provide training and presentations to all in sustainability, health and wellbeing.

Akshatha Veerendra, Principal Consultant

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