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Stone is better than concrete, using much less carbon

12 July, 2019

15 Clerkenwell Close

• IF the council has pledged to work towards being net zero carbon by 2030, it is curious to see it is still objecting to the forward-looking, ecologically sound use of stone as the “new” building material at 15 Clerkenwell Close, (Renowned Clerkenwell architect accuses council of ‘breaching human rights’, July 5).

Not only that but condemning its roof garden where a riot of sun-loving flowers support two bee hives. Instead it seems they support the use of glyphosate weedkiller, the destroyer of bees.

And you might hope that Islington would strive to be at the forefront of promoting well-designed buildings using materials sympathetic to its immediate environment and the global one.

Stone as a building material can use as much as 90 per cent less carbon than concrete. Not only that, the limestone used at 15 Clerkenwell Close is sourced from a French quarry that links, under the Channel, to the English quarry from which the Portland stone for St James’s Clerken­well, the church opposite, was built in 1792.

I hope the council will see fit to consider the positives and not order the demolition of this remarkable building.

SUSIE FORD
EC1

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