The engineering objectives for this project centred on sustainability. The new building provides a visitor centre for the Slimbridge bird sanctuary and headquarters for the Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. As well as using energy and materials responsibly, however, the building had to be cost efficient and easy to use and maintain as well.
Our engineers and consultants co-ordinated a number of features to produce a site-specific approach. Solar and daylight design was optimized and high levels of insulation specified. The natural stack and wind-driven ventilation system makes use of thermal mass and night-time cooling. Reed beds are used for natural filtration in order to help conserve water.
This building demonstrates how small projects can benefit from low energy design, which need not add to their capital cost.