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Design chosen for Brockholes scheme

by Luke Tuchscherer | 27 Feb 2008

Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) has unveiled plans to transform the Brockholes Wetlands and Woodland Nature Reserve, near Preston, into a “floating world”.

London-based Adam Khan Architects’ design – which features a cluster of buildings constructed largely of wood and other sustainable materials – was chosen as the winner of a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects to transform the former brownfield site.

The “floating world” resembles an ancient marshland village, and its buildings include a reception, shops, a café, conference facilities, classrooms and office space.

Ian Selby, Brockholes project manager, said: “The judges were impressed by Adam Khan's engaging manner and enthusiastic presentation. He has designed a stylish and functional range of buildings, with a close eye on the brief of functionality and sustainability.

“We look forward to working with him and his company as we strive towards bringing his concept to life”.

Brockholes was purchased LWT in late 2006, with funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency, through Forestry Commission-delivered land regeneration scheme, Newlands.

Peter White, executive director of development at the NWDA, said: “This site has the potential to become an important visitor attraction for the region, building on its rich natural assets and impressive biodiversity.

“The chosen design will not only create an inspirational open space for the local community to enjoy but will also enhance a key gateway into Lancashire and attract further investment into the area and we look forward to working with our partners to progress these plans.”

Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) has unveiled plans to transform the Brockholes Wetlands and Woodland Nature Reserve, near Preston, into a “floating world”. London-based Adam Khan Architects’ design – which features a cluster of buildings constructed largely of wood and other sustainable materials – was chosen as the winner of a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects to transform the former brownfield site. The “floating world” resembles an
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