world of water

Nature Campus

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.

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The Project

ep projects are the lead consultants and design team that have secured full, detailed planning permission 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.

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Desired Outcomes

To create a gateway to Test Valley and Romsey, a high-quality wellbeing focussed environment which not only respects, but also enhances the special characteristics of the wider site and delivers biodiversity net gain. Delivering a Net Zero Carbon project with access for all and an inspiring place for visitors and tenants.

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The Challenge?

The site, a disused aquatic centre, is situated on the outskirts of Romsey, Hampshire and adjoins a nature reserve of special scientific interest, the 170-acre Test Valley, Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve. The challenge was to create an accessible visitor centre, alongside mixed- use space, that would boost the local economy and provide jobs, preserving and enhancing the natural environment and wildlife of the area, whilst minimising carbon footprint and congestion.

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What are the Benefits?

The development will be built to the highest “Building with Nature” accreditation standards, which recognises the design and delivery of high-quality green infrastructure. State-of-the-art facilities and landscaping of the 4.2-acre site, will provide visitor, work, educational and hospitality spaces, as well as enhanced access to the adjacent nature reserve. The 21,463 sq. ft buildings will follow Net Zero Carbon status standards and feature extensive use of locally sourced materials. The design employs biophilic 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.

Surrounding context

Expected to bring around 150 jobs to the area, the site will accommodate 450 visitors. It aims to be a leading example of how redevelopment can deliver lasting positive impact, in harmony with the environment and delivering real value for local people and businesses.

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Our Team

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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.

James’ passion is in designing and delivering sustainable, low-energy projects that benefit their end users and society at large. With over 19 years in the industry, he has extensive experience in many sectors, including residential, educational, cultural and mixed use projects and is able to approach projects with both a creative and technical mindset. James’ approach is underpinned with a knowledge of building physics, having earned a master’s degree in Energy Efficient and Sustainable Building in 2009. 

Rupert has been working in architecture practices since the completion of a master’s degree in Sustainable Building Design with Distinction in Southampton. He has developed a holistic approach to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings by focussing on the social, economic, and environmental aspects of architecture and design. He has also studied and practised globally renowned environmental assessment methods such as BREEAM, LEED and Passivhaus. Rupert has a true passion for sustainable architecture and is looking forward to driving exemplar, environmentally focussed schemes and low impact, high-performance buildings.

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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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