World of Water – the creation of a sustainably led scheme based on contextual sensitivity and high-quality design

The creation of a sustainably led scheme based on contextual sensitivity and high-quality design which aims to have a positive impact on the Natural Capital of the area, local community and visitors to the Test Valley.

The project

ep projects are lead consultants and design team providing full, detailed planning application for a visitor centre, walkway, bird hide, café / restaurant, exhibition, community and flexible use space, retail and office facilities at the World of Water site near Romsey, Hampshire for Azure Development.


Desired outcomes

To create a high-quality environment which not only respects, but also enhances the special characteristics of the wider site.


The challenge?

The planning process and raising the finance for the development; the opportunity for which we have created, introduced and coordinated.


What are the benefits?

The design employs biophillic and passive methods of reducing energy consumption with the use of natural lighting and ventilation, super-insulated shells together with other initiatives such as wildflower green roofs and living walls, in conjunction with renewable technologies including water source heat pumps with under-floor heating and solar panels.

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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