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Livinggreen “Heart of the Park” Project, Morden Hall Park

Livinggreen Heart Of The Park Project Morden Hall Park - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

The “Heart of the Park” project in Morden Hall Park is part of an EU-wide project to renovate historical buildings sustainably, called Livinggreen. Sustainability specialists at Ridge were called upon to make the scheme truly innovative.

The scheme comprised the renovation of a Victorian stable block to house offices, a café and an exhibition space. The project was to be a sustainability exemplar, demonstrating the latest low-energy systems while retaining the building’s historical features and aesthetics. All this had to be delivered in a cost-efficient manner.

Living Green in the UK is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the EU and coordinated by the National Trust. Liaising closely with the National Trust and the project team from the very early stages, Ridge used computer modelling software to set carbon and energy targets and to specify building envelope standards, such as insulation and air tightness. Following a number of iterations, the challenging target of a carbon neutral building was agreed.

Ridge successfully designed the innovative services required to meet the carbon neutral target. Heating and hot water is provided by innovative combined solar thermal and PV systems called PVT panels, a wood burning stove and an air source heat pump.  Ventilation is delivered through passive strategies and additional power is generated by standard and slate-lookalike PV panels.

In addition, an Archimedes Screw type hydroelectric turbine was installed at the mill site adjacent to the Stable block. It is set to produce 59,000kWh a year, which is enough electricity to supply about 12 households. This has allowed the visitor centre to be self-sufficient in its energy production. The project achieved a BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating.

Livinggreen Heart Of The Park Project Morden Hall Park - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Livinggreen Heart Of The Park Project Morden Hall Park - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Livinggreen Heart Of The Park Project Morden Hall Park - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Livinggreen Heart Of The Park Project Morden Hall Park - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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Livinggreen Heart Of The Park Project Morden Hall Park - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Livinggreen Heart Of The Park Project Morden Hall Park - Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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