The project aims to refurbish and expand the existing Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn. This is currently one of the UK’s leading independently-owned business and technical sites and home to over 120 companies from more than 20 different business sectors.
The SOG Group plans to turn its 57-acre site into Heath Park – a futuristic environment to live, work and play.
The proposed scheme, led by EcoResponsive Environments architects, won the international design competition. John Lewis MBE, SOG’s owner and Managing Director said: “I’m delighted with the outcome of this fantastic competition, superbly coordinated by RIBA, which has generated amazing designs and ideas from across the world.”
Integration led the innovate energy and infrastructure designs and helped develop the green building concepts.
As part of a site wide sustainability strategy and zero carbon aspirations, the scheme could pioneer one of the UK’s first commercial hydrogen combined heat and power networks. This would be supplied by Hynet North West one of the first commercial clean hydrogen networks which is being developed in close proximity.
The project has been awarded the coveted Golden Pineapple in the Future Place category at The Pineapple Awards 2022 and was commended for its systems-based approach to environmental and social sustainability.