land reclamation to sustainable leisure - Bickershaw
Activities Centre, Golf Club, Educational Facilities
Client: Wigan Council and English Partnerships.
Gaia were invited by MacCreaner Lavington Architects to engage in a joint venture at Bickershaw
Park, a former opencast mine being reclaimed for recreation and seeking to meet the highest
criteria for sustainability in both the landscape and the building complex.
Gaia are sustainability consultants for both the parkland and the building design and actively
engaged in the design, specification, environmental modelling and value engineering of the project.
The parkland comprises an 18-hole golf club and driving range, an outdoor activities centre
including water activities, and general recreation ground for horse, cycle and pedestrian users.
The building acts as a hub for all of these and is conceived in a courtyard form with different uses
articulated such that the opportunity to remain separate or to mingle with other site users is
The project is seeking to achieve zero carbon through both the materials selection and the
Passivhaus standard approach to the design. Modelling is employed to ensure that the design is
optimised for daylight, sunlight, heating, humidity control and natural ventilation. The whole
design is being vetted for its indoor environmental quality, and all materials and construction
methods are selected accordingly.
The project commenced on site in 2008 and will be completed in 2010.
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