Woolston Signal Box – the intelligent regeneration of an historic Signal Box building

The intelligent regeneration of an historic Signal Box building at Woolston Station, Southampton into an exemplar project to be used as a community and social meeting space 

The project

In December 2020, ep group were appointed by Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership, with key stakeholders including Network Rail and South Western Railway, for architectural and interior design services to provide a stylish and practical design solution which considers accessibility, security, energy efficiency and functionality.


Desired outcomes

The creation of a functional community meeting space with Net Zero Carbon targets achieved through renewables, energy systems and battery storage.


The challenge?

Working on a historically significant, Grade II Listed building having been given the opportunity to enhance the public realm in a key location at the heart of the community while also making the building energy self-sufficient.


How did we help?

ep projects completed a full site survey of the existing building and provided a design solution and 3D visualisations with interior and exterior treatments.


What were the benefits?

Enhancement of the public realm and the renovation and intelligent regeneration of an historic building.


“Your approach to the scheme, understanding the sensitivities of the building and working within the Railway industry, whilst embracing modern ideas and techniques regarding sustainable construction and energy use, has been a real eye-opener to us at the Partnership. I look forward to the next phase on this exciting project and working with EnergyPro on future projects as well.”

Chair – The Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership

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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