Ready... Steady... Grow...
Wetherdown Lodge Eco Renovation
As many of our regular visitors will know, one wing of our
eco-hostel (formerly an accommodation block for HMS Mercury) has been awaiting transformation since 1995. We have decided that it deserves to take priority in our building transformation programme, so that more school children can come and stay here.
We have been working on detailed plans for the past few months and hope to start early in 2020.
This new wing will have 12 new ensuite rooms; a specially fitted room for wheelchair users; a ‘changing places’ toilet; a kitchen, a common room and a staff flat.
The outside will be clad with western red cedar from a local plantation and an air-source heat pump will contribute to an overall carbon saving of over 50%.
Our programme of ‘learning alongside the build’ will create opportunities for training in eco-build techniques for many, including young people as part of their apprenticeship.
Thank you to all those who have contributed to our fundraising. We have already raised an amazing £764,000 and have a few funding bids under consideration. With the help of our supporters we are confident of reaching our total of £1,300,000 in time.
A New Future
We are embarking on an exciting project which will mark the beginning of a new era.
Our Ready... Steady... Grow... Initiative will enable us to expand our services, activities and learning opportunities across the age range young to adult. Working with partners in the education, health and third sector we will extend the positive benefits and outcomes of our work even further, reaching more individuals, communities and bringing longer term benefits to our wider society at all levels of learning. We will develop new partnerships with business, consultancy. We will seed and support change-makers and support skills for organisational change.
A key component of realising this ambition is to create a New Learning Centre from our existing HQ building to create an exemplar transformation. It will enable The Sustainability Centre to realise its full potential as a beacon for sustainability in the south-east of England and support our influence nationally and internationally.
It will house:-
This building transformation and extension will cost £2.2 million. We will use natural and local materials; support local trades and businesses; aim to be a zero waste build - re-using and recycling wherever possible.
We will also harness and share the learning opportunities along the way by creating hands-on experiences, workshops and apprenticeships as well as creating tools and tutorials.
The New Learning Centre
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