Lancashire’s Premier Country Park, Cuerden Valley Park is building a new Café and Visitor Centre. This will provide new space for the park’s Environmental Education Programme for local schools. The café is eco-friendly and provides an income to safeguard the future of the park for future generations.
The design concept is driven by the desire to minimise the use of fossil fuels during the building phase and the lifetime of the building. Materials used for the building include straw bales infill for the walls, sheep’s wool insulation and shingles for the roof. This unique design required a unique response.
With a keen interest in sustainability and a pro active approach, Bevis and the team were able to meet the challenge. Delivering the complete building services designs, the building is considering pursuing accreditation to the Living Building Challenge. If successful, this will be the first building in the country to be accredited.
The living building challenge philosophy defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and is an internationally recognised environmental programme.