Huff and Puff Construction are ‘breaking-ground’ in Hastings this week as we kick start work on the new Country Park Visitor Centre which is due for completion in Summer 2020.
Hastings Country Park – Background
Hastings Country Park, owned and managed by Hastings Borough Council, is a beautiful nature reserve on the south-east coast of the UK. It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The 345 hectare’s boast spectacular scenery, cliffs, coastal grassland and heather, ancient woodlands and a sustainably managed farm, all within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Hastings Borough Council have been planning a replacement Visitor Centre for The Country Park and we’re super pleased to be working with them and as part of the team they’ve now invited to bring their vision for this new building into reality.
This build is part of a European funded project (Up-Straw) to increase the uptake of straw bale buildings within the public realm.
A Unique Collaboration
Members of SBUK (Strawbale Building UK ) like ourselves, have collaborated with each other to deliver this project.
There are four companies (including ours) involved in our new consortium that will work together over the coming months to create this new Visitor Centre, using and combining all of our collective skills and straw bale building experience and expertise:
The other consortium members:
SIA Design Build
SIA Design Build : SIA stands for Systems Integrated Architecture and is the result of an idea about the design process as a merger of elements essential to the successful completion of their clients’ projects. Their approach is to take into account the aesthetic, functional, financial, structural, and planning aspects of every project. They address their clients’ aspirations from the conceptual development through the detailed execution of their designs. SIA Design Build employs a number of experienced and skilled professionals and tradespeople to ensure the delivery and proper assessment of the project aspects. The team’s expertise allows them to assess all the project aspects simultaneously and execute their designs to the highest standard.
Green & Castle Ltd
Green & Castle are independent sustainability experts. They provide bespoke sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency advice and training. Their client’s range across the private, public and community sectors.
Red Kite Design
Red Kite Design aims to promote sustainability, resilience and low impact living through environmentally friendly construction projects. Red Kite specialise in ecological design and construction, using natural materials, including straw bale, timber, earth and lime.
When it’s finished the new Visitor Centre will be provide a fantastic community space comprising a café, ice-cream kiosk, with visitor information and family friendly facilities on offer. We’ll keep you posted over the coming weeks about our progress and take you through each stage of this exciting new Straw Bale build.