solaris centre, blackpool
Built in 1938 as a Winter Garden, the building had fallen into disuse and threatened to become a decaying eyesore. Happily, rather than choosing demolition it was decided to renovate the building and give it a new lease of life as a sub-regional centre for environmental action to deliver the national agenda on environmental sustainability and to act as an exemplar to organisations in the local and regional community.
The original west façade has been restored and new accommodation has been added on the east to provide a lively café and new glazed circulation routes with open views to the garden areas give light and airy access to the restored accommodation.
Located in a prominent location on Blackpool’s south promenade the project sits in a four acre garden which has been sub-divided into 10 diverse wildlife areas as a teaching and study resource for local schools and the community at large.
The project incorporates two wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, a combined heat and power unit, solar water heating and the latest insulation and energy conservation technologies as a result of which the building generates all the energy needed for its own use.