This landmark millennium project opened to the public in 1999; a £50 million visitor attraction and ecological parkland cover 160 hectares of a former colliery site in South Yorkshire.
The whole project is based around principles of energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and use of non-polluting materials to provide the basis for sustainable development. It features a fully integrated network of water management that incorporates rainwater harvesting and the treatment, storage and recycling of water for use in irrigation and water features and as a wildlife habitat.
The scheme includes areas of productive woodland, ecological grasslands and wetlands arranged around a central area of innovative gardens. New gardens are based on organic horticultural principles and explore unusual associations of planting that offer benefits for shelter, wildlife, food and timber. Distinctive structures have been developed using a combination of local stone, green oak and steel to establish a unique contemporary character within the site that complements a historic surrounding landscape.
- Earth Centre
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, Alsop and Stomer, Future Systems
- Arup, Atelier One, Parker Associates
- Quantity Surveyors:
- Bernard William Associates