RSPB Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre

One of the country’s most iconic, natural landmarks, Sherwood Forest, wanted to provide a new visitor centre which would accommodate the Forest’s 350,000 annual visitors.

Challenge
The new visitor centre is a predominantly wooden building, which required entirely exposed services.

This meant that we had to create a design that was conscious of the overall aesthetic; considering both the centre itself as well as the surroundings.

It was important, for the client, that the building was also as environmentally friendly as possible.

Solution
We ensured that all high-level services followed the curvature of the building, particularly the high-level containment which houses the electrical cable.

The roof has a unique, curved shape which means the containment baskets are more prominent and act as feature of the internal space.

We completed a considerable amount of thermal modelling to make sure that it achieved its required ‘B’ energy rating. As the site is quite tight, we installed air source heat pumps – rather than ground heat pumps – which is just as environmentally friendly but requires much less space and means that the required heating and hot water is available on demand.

The Outcome
The 560m2 gross internal area (GIA) of the building boasts:

A contemporary reception area, retail space and a double height atrium which houses the centre’s café with views out over the forest.

The design also includes a ‘changing place facility’ which is specifically designed for disabled people and wheelchair users, with the inclusion of hoists and handrails.

Awards
RICS AWARDS EAST MIDLANDS 2019
Tourism and Leisure Category
Community Benefit Category



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WE COMPLETED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF THERMAL MODELLING TO MAKE SURE THAT IT ACHIEVED ITS REQUIRED ‘B’ ENERGY RATING

CLIENT : RSPB / Nottinghamshire County Council

ARCHITECT : JDDK Architects

MAIN CONTRACTOR : Woodhead Construction

PROJECT MANAGER : Kartar Consulting

M&E CONSULTANT : SVM Building Services Design

VALUE : £5m

Nottinghamshire

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