Gianni Botsford

This design for the Sevenoaks Nature & Well Being Centre was created for a competition run by the Kent Wildlife Trust. The scheme was exemplar in terms of sustainability. Carbon neutrality was achieved through an innovative roof design, a thermally efficient envelope with thermal buffer spaces, a cost-effective water-source heat pump and solar PV. The roof design, with its low-profile aerodynamic form, encourages wind from all directions to flow over the building.

This lowers wind speeds at pedestrian level improving comfort whilst creating negative pressures on the top of the roof which creates effective natural “wind driven” ventilation. The roof design also allowed for daylight penetration deep into the core supplemented by low energy LEDs optimised by daylight sensors.