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Meet the architect – Moorland Centre

This is an archived press release

Monday 11 June 2007

11 June 2007

Meet the architect – Moorland Centre

A “green” roof complete with a waterfall, and a heating system powered by the earth – the £1m Moorland Visitor Centre in the Peak District National Park is a model of eco-friendly design.

Next week visitors have the chance to meet the architect of the innovative centre in Edale – the first of its kind in the UK dedicated to the moorland landscape – to help celebrate Architecture Week (June 15-24).

The week aims to make us think about how 'green' our homes, workplaces and schools are, and how we can improve their sustainability.

The Moorland Centre was opened last year and is the base for the Moors for the Future Partnership which is restoring 3.5sq km of eroded moors to health. It provides an inspirational environmental learning experience for visitors, a national focus for moorland research, and community facilities.

Designed by Bower Mattin Architects of Macclesfield, the Moorland Centre’s design reflects its upland setting. It has a living roof of sedum succulents, intersected by a waterfall tumbling over glass panels into a pool at the entrance. The hardy plants act as an eco-friendly insulator, and the building is fuelled by an energy-saving ground-source heat pump.

Joe Mattin, from Bower Mattin Architects said: “The new Moorland Centre at Edale demonstrates how emerging sustainable technology works using natural forces. It is not intended to replicate traditional architecture based on the technology of several centuries ago. It is quite clearly intended to look ahead: Moors for the Future.  In this respect, the building and the message it provides make a valid contribution to the Peak District National Park and the national debate, which is now embedded in recent legislation.”

Inside, interactive exhibitions explain why the Moors for the Future Project was set up, and how it is helping the battle against climate change. “Listening posts” enable visitors to hear reminiscences of people who lived and worked on the moors.

A display about the building will be in the Centre throughout Architecture Week. The architect will be there to answer questions on Monday 18 June 2 – 5.30pm and Thursday 21 June 3 – 7pm.

Architecture Week is the annual national celebration of contemporary architecture. The aim is to inspire people to think creatively about the spaces around them through events and activities that look at the issues of sustainability from a creative perspective.

Moors for the Future will be recording a podcast during the week to celebrate the building.

The Centre is open every day from 9.30 – 5.30pm throughout the summer and entrance is free, but will stay open until 7pm on 21 June for this special event.

This is an archived press release

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