Eastleigh Borough Council’s Lakeside Centre has scooped a prestigious international award for its eco-friendly design and energy performance.
The centre, located within Eastleigh’s stunning Lakeside Country Park, saw off stiff competition from more than 100 entrants, to be awarded an International Green Apple Environment Award in honour of its environmentally-friendly construction.
Organised by The Green Organisation – an independent, non-political, non-profit group - the Green Apple Environment Awards recognise environmental best practice around the world.
At a ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) yesterday (July 16) the Lakeside Centre’s architects, R H Partnership, were honoured by the judges for their sustainable design for the visually striking, low-energy building.
Speaking about the award, R H Partnership Director Phillip Naylor said:
“We are delighted that the new Lakeside Centre has received this level of national recognition in winning such a prestigious environmental award.
“Consideration for the social, economic and environmental impact of the build was intrinsic to our early design process of the Lakeside Centre, and at the forefront of our thinking at every stage of the project. It has resulted in a future-proofed facility that can be flexible and adapted over time to changes in climate, demand for new sources of energy, and developments in technology. It is also sustainable to run and fully embraces the beauty of its lakeside setting.”
Built in 2015, the Lakeside Centre nestles sympathetically within Lakeside Country Park’s 22 hectares of lakes, wet meadows and woodland. As well as co-existing beautifully within its bucolic setting, the centre, which is made up of several buildings, is designed to be highly energy and water efficient, using ground-source heat, solar power and harvested rainwater. It also features a green roof consisting of a native and wildflower grass planting system which is designed to complement the park’s insect and wildlife habitat.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee Cllr Paul Bicknell said:
“I am delighted that our Lakeside Centre has been internationally-recognised at the Green Environmental Awards.
“It was always the aim of the project team to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible and this award proves we are successful in that aim.
“The building’s fantastic design has made it an exciting new facility in the borough, one that we can be immensely proud of. Lakeside Centre is not only environmentally-friendly but also practical, providing office space, rooms for hire, conference facilities, storage as well as showers and changing facilities for the many different organisations and businesses that use the park.”
Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Lead for the Environment Cllr Rupert Kryle said:
“Lakeside Centre was planned from the start to be an innovative low-energy building without compromising the quality of the environment.
“We are delighted to receive this award. It is an excellent example of what we are doing to make real environmental improvements across the borough. We really want to push the boundaries, show what’s possible with constructing sustainable, eco-friendly facilities and buildings.”
Lakeside Centre boasts flexible, affordable space ideal for conferences, meetings, events, team-building activities, private parties or health and wellbeing activities. The facility offers changing rooms; a multi-purpose training and conference suite that can accommodate up to 60 people theatre style and rentable office space as well as eight hirable storage rooms, a workshop and public loos.
From left to right: EBC Cabinet Lead for Environment Cllr Rupert Kryle; EBC Corporate Project Manager Angela Taylor; Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee Cllr Paul Bicknell; RH Partnership (RHP) Architect Crysta Pestano, with the Green Apple Award; and RHP Director Phillip Naylor at Lakeside Country Park.
Watch a report from That's TV Solent about the win.