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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2015

Project Detail

Volunteer Training and Working Centre, Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Small Non-Residential Scheme of the Year Award 2015 Winner

The new Volunteer Training and Working Centre at Rutland Water gives Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust a new home at the reservoir.

The Trust provides more than 350,000 hours each year to the conservation, protection and enhancement of wildlife at Rutland Water.

It needed a new facility to train its growing band of volunteers and to house its equipment. The brief required the building to also provide accommodation and meeting rooms. 

Project Overview

The design needed to respect and enhance its rural setting next to a nature reserve whilst also creating a practical and usable working space.

Natural materials local to the centre were sought where possible for what needed to be a low maintenance building that blended into its setting when viewed from afar, like a well camouflaged hide.

Due to its location next to new lagoons serving Rutland Water, there was the opportunity to include a viewing gallery and training facility on an upper floor.

Steeply sloping sedum covered rooflines and a sweeping eyebrow shape over the entrance echo the lines of the landscape and the movement of the wildlife. Gabion baskets protect the external faces and the finishes will weather and develop naturally over time, drawing the building into its landscape. 


    Entered by

    Corporate Architecture Ltd

    Parties involved

    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
    S&S Contracting
    ADM Quantity Surveyors
    Diamond Wood and Shaw


    Contract Value

    £0.9 million


    Completion Date

    July 2015


    Scheme Location

    LE15 8BT

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