Excellence in Engineering

Big Parks

Crofton were commissioned by Lewes District Council to provide building engineering design services for a new purpose-built skate park and café facility.   The initiative was part-funded by the council and Southern Water, as part of the redevelopment of the nearby water treatment plant. 

Kaner Olette Architects provided architectural services.  As part of the engineering solution, several sustainable initiatives were involved in the design process, including a biomass boiler, which would be fed by locally sourced wood chips to reduce carbon emissions.

Crofton installed solar panels that would be utilised to convert sunlight into electricity for consumption on site, while thermal modelling was used to create a 3D computer visualisation of the building and running a simulation to test its outputs. Used early in the design process, it helped identify potential problems and potentially reduce project costs.
This community-led project entailed designing a recreation destination for the local community of Peacehaven, East Sussex. Crofton designed the premises, to meet the needs of all demographics in the community and included: café, children’s playgrounds, new cycle paths, a skate park, and sports facilities.  Every aspect of the project was conceived and designed with a strong focus on sustainability, cost-efficient maintenance, and consideration for the environment.

In technical terms, the newly created environment included:
• A micro biomass pellet-burning stove
• Bespoke to a building of this size, fuelled with locally sourced pellet and connected to a thermal store and solar thermal system producing 1156 kWh/m2pa
• Photo-Voltaic (PV) panels producing 1807.0 kWh/m2 pa.
• Energy efficient LED lighting throughout the building
• Sweet chestnut cladding
To preserve the building’s existing structure but also to gain energy efficiencies; It also lowered the carbon footprint of the construction process as energy was not required to remove, dispose of and replace the existing structure.  The Big Parks project at Peacehaven, East Sussex, has picked up two accolades in 2015 with Kaner Olette Architects winning the Leisure Category of the Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards for the park’s Gateway Interpretation Café.