slington, London


RIBA Journal MacEwen Award 2021 – Commended

RIBA Journal Front Cover February 2021

RIAI Architecture Awards 2020 – Sustainability Award – Winner

RIAI Architecture Awards 2020 – International Award – Commendation

Dezeen Architecture Awards 2020 – Infrastructure Award – Shortlisted

New London Awards 2020 – Environmental Prize – Winner

Blueprint Awards 2020 – Finalist


“It’s great to see this highly innovative project up and running, recycling waste heat from the Tube to provide a low-carbon, affordable way of heating local homes and businesses. I’ve set London the target of being carbon-neutral by 2030. It’s an ambition that will require innovative projects like Bunhill to help deliver it. If we’re truly going to tackle the climate emergency we will need progressive partnerships between local authorities, City Hall, TfL and others as was demonstrated so perfectly by this project.” Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Renewable Energy


“The building is effectively a delicate decorative Moorish metalwork envelope for a mass of pipework and technology. It is about connecting and servicing an undetectable local network of buildings and homes with heating. The common good element stems from the fact that the energy it provides is recycled unwanted heat from the Tube (remember that?), which makes it more sustainable and cheaper for a wide demographic of residents. In summer, the energy centre operates in reverse by providing natural cooling to the Tube…  Bunhill 2 is the culmination of a pioneering and unique collaboration between Islington Borough Council and Transport for London…  It is the first known scheme in the world to take waste heat from an underground rail network and use it to provide lower cost, greener heating and cooling by adding 550 homes and a primary school to the existing Bunhill district heating network, currently serving 800 homes and two leisure centres in Islington.”

Designed by Cullinan Studios for Islington Borough Council, McGurk Architects were the Design, Build and Manage Architects on the £16.3 million scheme constructed by Collide Engineering Ltd in conjunction with Ramboll UK Ltd.