We were appointed as the structural engineers for the nearly completed Derbyshire Eco Centre because of our experience of designing in different materials, including timber and natural stone, as well as considering additional loads such as a green roof.
The Eco Centre has been built on a reclaimed lead mine and stone-quarried site using sustainable methods, materials and technology. It includes a living green roof, rainwater harvesting, air source heat pump and solar panels. The timber-framed structure has natural stone walls and utilises soakaway drainage.
It has been designed to target an 'excellent' standard from the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Measure (BREEAM).
Architect: Derbyshire County Council
Contractor: Wildgoose Construction
Construction Value: £1.4 m