The project – the pumping station for the Olympics - incorporated several sustainable design features, including integrated bird and bat boxes, and the now ubiquitous green roof. The very concept of the design was also sustainable – by siting the building on top of the circular concrete well head collar, no additional foundations were needed – just what was already required by the engineering. This led to the striking circular form of the building. The whole design process followed the strict environmental processes of the ODA, which went way above the requirements of standard current regulations, and considered many varied aspects of the design, including materials selection, sustainable delivery, water use and biodiversity.
So detailed were the ODAs requirements that – regarding Biodiversity – it was a requirement that all plant species specified to be indigenous to the UK, leading to a specialist seed mix for the green roof, and the selection of a Field Maple tree and other local bushes for the compound. The bird and bat boxes also had to be oriented in particular directions, and adequately spaced to avoid inter-species rivalry! Working to such high standards was a great experience, and continues to inform our ongoing work.
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