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Architype wins competition to design eco-headquarters

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Architype has won the contest to design a new sustainable headquarters building for two environmental charities in Hertfordshire

The new 1,150 sqm building for Groundwork Hertfordshire and Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust in Bayfordbury will provide offices, conference space and education facilities for schools, young people, adults and businesses. The practice beat off entries by Satellite, White Design, Architecture PLB, BBM Sustainable Design and MAE LLP Architects to land the scheme..

The education area will ‘incorporate food growing plots, a wildlife walk, greenhouse growing facilities and an outdoor classroom’. The building and gardens will be shared by both organisations to showcase brownfield regeneration and sustainable building techniques.

Architype is aiming for a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ for the new headquarters and have outlined specific aspirations which include:

  • The use of passive solar design, low electricity/water use, passive heating/cooling systems, natural daylighting and natural ventilation.
  • The use of low environmental impact construction methods and materials and the reuse/disposal of materials on site.
  • Efficient energy and heating and ventilation / cooling systems that involve a mix of technologies including a biomass boiler, earth tubes and provision for future solar and wind installations.
  • A sustainable water management system designed to minimise consumption, maximise energy efficiency, re-use grey water and rainwater, incorporate water harvesting, water meters and water butts.
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