A new environment centre, which is a resource for learning about sustainability, biodiversity and nature conservation. The centre is a focus for the rapidly-expanding Ashford area. Conserving agricultural fields and meadows in a proposed residential area is the priority of the new centre and a woodland community project has been established on adjoining fields and is restoring the local vegetation of oak woodland.
The centre is set on a sloping site and its landscape setting is designed to create additional habitats to the established surrounding oak woodland with open water, wetlands, reed beds, willows, plantations and wild orchards. In order to significantly reduce the impact of the buildings construction and the ensuing environmental and financial impact of land-fill, the spoil from the excavation was incorporated within the site. Water is recycled into storage tanks and rainwater runoff is processed on-site by swales, balancing ponds, ditches and SUDS drainage in the road and car park.
The Woodland Trust, Kent Wildlife Trust and the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers are based at the new centre.
Ashford Innovative Design Award 2010
Ashford Sustainable Design Award 2010
Building Excellence Award 2008
Client: Ashford City Council