The aim of The Arc was to design an ecological building which could be used as a teaching aid. This helps with increasing the awareness of both pupils and adults to the possibilities of sustainable design. A number of environmental technologies have been incorporated, including a sedum roof.
Innovative construction techniques have been exploited to reduce the building’s CO2 emissions and embodied energy (super-insulated breathable walls, a timber floating floor system as well as internal and external finishes from sustainable sources).
Photovoltaic roof panels have been installed for on-site micro generation. This is mostly funded by the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust and the government’s Major Demonstration Project.
On this tight site the adjacent mature plane tree dictated the layout for this new multi-purpose space. Other drivers for the design included accessibility and orientation.
- International Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage 2007
- Waltham Forest Design Awards 2006, ‘Best New Building’