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Hampshire County Council reveals woodland activity centre

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Hampshire County Council Architect’s outdoor centre alongside the Basingstoke Canal scooped a RIBA Regional Award last week

The council architects completed five buildings for the education facility on the 3.7 hectare woodland site near Aldershot in Hampshire.

A large, multi-use hall for indoor archery, shooting and climbing, with a toilet block stands at the entrance to the centre.

The scheme includes a sleeping block that contains 12 five-bedroom dorms and a dining hall arranged around a central courtyard.

There is also a separate office and administration building, a boiler house and a canoe house with a launch/landing stage onto Basingstoke Canal.

The steel-framed buildings are constructed with structural insulated panels (SIPS) and clad in cedar shingles.

The activity centre also contains a 13m-high external climbing wall/abseiling tower, a high-rope course and a 53m-long artificial cave.

Project Team

Start on site October 2010
Completion date September 2011
Project value £4.8million
Client Hampshire County Council / Runways End Outdoor Centre
Architect Hampshire County Council
Quantity surveyor Hampshire County Council
Landscape architect Hampshire County Council
Structural engineer WSP
Services engineer Hampshire County Council
Contractor Morgan Sindall

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