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Fishlake Meadows Tower Hide

 

This inspirational centrepiece to the Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve and

World of Water redevelopment will create a focus for all visitors. Taking its

form from the thistle, the sustainably constructed three-tier structure will

provide unprecedented views over the wildlife-rich water meadows.

The project

 

Closely collaborating with The Hampshire & IoW Wildlife Trust, ep projects are designing and coordinating the delivery of a unique three-tier viewing and educational hide to the 170-acre Fishlake Meadows nature reserve.

The legacy project will provide a focal point for the visitor and allow circular walks around the reserve. Providing the Wildlife Trust team with a facility to inform and educate the visitors and allow controlled access to enjoy the wellbeing of this beautiful site.

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Locally Sourced Materials

The structure is entirely constructed from locally grown Douglas Fir which will be engineered by a nearby sawmill and their skilled team. The design is bespoke to the location and will allow controlled numbers of the public to enjoy unprecedented views across the reserve.

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Accessibility

Access for all is an essential part of the design, with an integral lift to the hide as well as ramped access throughout all aspects of the visitor journey. Test Valley schools and groups, along with the local community and visitors from further afield, will all be able to enjoy this ground-breaking facility accessed via the proposed visitor centre located on the previous World of Water site.

 

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Site Sensitivity & Connectivity

As the centrepiece of the £10 million World of Water development, the Tower Hide will be constructed with minimal intrusion to the nature reserve and be accessed via a raised timber walkway and bridges over the Fishlake Stream from the visitor centre and café buildings. This walkway will then link North via riverside pathways to the existing public routes already in use within Fishlake Meadows.

 

The site

We are consulting with Test Valley tourism, environmental groups, local societies, businesses and the public to ensure this is a successful and welcome addition to local visitor attractions and provides a truly inspiring response to enhance such a valuable natural capital asset.

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Our team

Gary has 35 years’ experience leading Architecture and multi-disciplined Green Infrastructure Design teams from his base in Hampshire. His focus is to minimise impact and energy use in the construction and whole life operation of all projects whether new build or refurbishment. Gary is Chair of the AECB and sits on the Board of Future South and the Steering Group of Green Halo. He regularly speaks at and chairs events and brings his commercial contacts and experience.

With two years architecture practice experience, Rupert has a master’s degree in Sustainable Building Design with Distinction in Southampton during which he developed a holistic approach to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings by focussing on the social, economic, and environmental aspects of architecture and design. Whilst at University, he also studied and practised globally renowned environmental assessment methods such as BREEAM, LEED and Passivhaus, becoming accredited in BREEAM and winning awards for Best MSc Intelligent Design Project and Best MSc BREEAM Project.

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With extensive experience in the industry of collaborative 3D design, Tristan leads the co-ordination of building information modelling across all in-house architectural projects, managing this new approach to project delivery in the form of interactive shared data between all involved parties. With an honours degree in Architectural Technology, Tristan also helps manage the technical delivery alongside the rest of the team, detailing building junctions and researching different construction methodologies to ensure the most efficient, resilient and sustainable final result.

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