The project required the full Design and Build of a new Visitor’s Centre for the Fields Study Council. This included a visitor centre, residential block, refectory, kitchen and education blocks. External works included a car park, landscaping, drainage and a new access road.
This facility is an education facility for the Field Studies Council incorporating all the “usual” requirements of an education facility with IT suites, fully kitted out teaching blocks, refectory and kitchen blocks. The project also included residential blocks, some of the more unexpected elements of a teaching facility.
We incorporated as many educational elements within the building services itself to allow all the visitors to understand how “green” buildings work such as a large glass wall to the boiler room to allow full view of all the plant in operation and electronic display boards providing constant cost in use.
Innovative elements included a biomass boiler, rainwater recycling reused as grey water, roof window actuators with rain sensors and pv’s and a comprehensive review of the drainage and rainwater attenuation and treatment options.
LABC Cymru Neath Port Talbot Building Excellence
Award 2009 – Welsh Building of the Year, UK Off-Site
Construction Award – Best Use of Timber,
RIBA Wales Winner
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
NEC 3 Option C
Loyn and Co
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