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SPINNING AROUND

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pushing for an extension of landmark planning consent for erection of two wind turbines on the roof of its central London headquarters.Local planning authority Westminster City Council gave RIBA temporary planning permission for a small windfarm on top of its Grade 1 listed home in London's Portland Place in December last year. The site is in a sensitive conservation area just a stone's throw from Oxford Circus. RIBA wants to show that renewable power generation can be brought into high density city centres.

But the one year permission does not give RIBA enough time to recoup the £50,000 cost of installing the two turbines, said past president Marco Goldschmeid.

Goldschmeid is pushing Westminster to allow RIBA to run the turbines for a minimum of five years. The turbines will produce 30,000kwh of green power a year, which RIBA estimates will light 180m 2of its offices.

The ICE, Institution of Structural Engineers and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors this week said they would all be interested in similar schemes.

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