The Fawley Waterside 
Maritime Innovation Centre


The design of an innovative, flexible hub for incorporating labs, workshops, clean rooms, simulators, testing facilities, printing and manufacturing for multiple public and private sector organisations.


The project


ep projects, working closely with the Catapult and Fawley Waterside have visioned a pathfinder building to accommodate academic, educational, 3rd sector, digital, marine, technology/science, CLT assemblage, private sector, 5G and Catapult facilities.


Desired outcomes

The design of an inspirational base for innovative organisations and leaders to gather and work collaboratively together in a Net Zero Carbon, active and sector leading, positive impact way. Integration of natural, locally sourced and sustainable materials.


The challenge?

Gaining funding and support for an economic / employment led facility with sufficient flexibility to accommodate all manner of varied scale companies and business types.


How did we help?

ep projects developed a living building / CLT / timber inspired solution and 3D model for integration into the wider Fawley Waterside proposals along with visioning the client and Catapult teams’ requirements.


What are the benefits?

Creation of a building envelope as an energy generating, carbon positive building, providing wellbeing to its occupants as an inspiring workplace for all. Living walls and landscaped roof areas will further enhance the setting against the backdrop of the Solent.

The site


CLT / Mass Timber Construction

With an aim to minimise or neutralise the need for concrete we are adopting a mass timber construction for the innovation building. Floor slabs of cross laminated timber (CLT) will allow substantial loading reduction and rapid speed of construction on site.


BIPV Envelope

Applied to all elevations as integral envelope elements, Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) will be adopted to create a Net Zero Energy (all on-site generated) solution.


Locally Sourced Materials

Using Douglas Fir timber locally forested and milled, along with many other regional sourced materials we aim to minimise carbon impact throughout the entire procurement process.


Living Roof / Living Walls

Adopting native, local to the New Forest species of wildflowers and grasses, the roofscape will be enhanced with extensive environmentally rich planting. Native Ivy species will further enhance the ‘Green envelope’ applied to the elevations of the building.

Scale and massing


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.


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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