[FIRST LOOK] Owen Ellis Architects has completed this £7.5 million watersports centre at Crosby Marine Lake in Waterloo, Liverpool
The naturally-ventilated scheme - which took forward a concept design by BDP (2006) - houses classrooms, changing facilities, gym, bar, outdoor seating area, conference rooms and fourteen twin bedrooms.
Clad in cedar cladding with natural stone gabions and a green roof, the centre was funded by Sefton Council, the Government Office for the North West (European Regional Development Fund), Mersey Waterfront, Sport England and the Learning and Skills Council.
Project architect Neil Hutchinson said the building had been designed with particular emphasis on disabled users: ‘An ethos of optimum not minimum has been adopted to provide facilities that include rather than exclude.
‘As part of the scheme, a new jetty has been constructed complete with winches to allow disabled users to access the lake.’
Anthony Spiers, project engineers with services designers AECOM, added: ‘The brief was to make the water centre one of the most environmentally responsible buildings of its type, consequently, much of the engineering design was aimed at reducing the impact on the environment.’