New Visitor Centre at Stanwick Lakes
09 Feb 2010
The new visitor centre at Stanwick Lakes countryside attraction and nature reserve in Northamptonshire is now open to the public and attracting thousands of visitors. Its iconic design combined with its use of the latest 'green' technologies have made it an award-winning landmark building.
In addition to a café (with a deck out over the lake), gift shop and indoor play area for young children, the centre has a multi-purpose function suite available for hire; the central 'atrium' by the café contains an interpretation space with interactive exhibits to explain its innovative design. By pedaling furiously on a bicycle the visitor can see how much energy is required just to boil a kettle, and can learn how to reduce their own demand for heat and light.
The building is able to meet its own energy needs by a combination of solar power, a ground source heat pump, and a wind turbine (the latter to be installed this year). It also has rainwater harvesting for flushing the toilets, and a sedum 'living roof' to improve insulation and bio-diversity.
It complements the wide range of outdoor activities available and makes the site an all year- round, sustainable facility.
The Trust develops and manages Stanwick Lakes on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council. For more information please call 01933 625522. The site is situated off the A45 between Thrapston and Wellingborough.