Award winning green centre

LSI Architects has announced that the Cley Marshes Nature Reserve Visitor Centre has won a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) East Anglia Region In Quality Built Award 2008. The centre was also finalist in the Best Public Community Project category. The Regional Built In Quality Awards recognise people, organisations and the most innovative construction projects completed within the year.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s (NWT) £675,000 sustainable centre utilises an extensive range of sustainable features and materials to minimise the environmental impact of the building and its surroundings. It provides Cley with valuable community resources where visitors can learn about the environment. The new development includes a reception, shop, café, observation and interpretation space with new interactive and educational equipment.

The project consisted of the design and construction of a new centre and surrounding external works, together with the refurbishment of an existing timber and thatch visitor facility at the site.

LSI Architects principal member David Thompson said: ‘To satisfy the budget and client brief for an environmentally sound building, we developed a suitable specification based upon locally sourced, readily available products that were familiar to the builder.’

He added: ‘Timber products are FSC certified throughout and natural paint finishes including mineral paint for the walls and natural hard wax, for wood and plywood surfaces, were opted for.’