A visitor centre for the Cotswold Water Park Society together with a retail building let to Cotswold Outdoor. This pair of timber clad buildings enjoy a prominent position at the entrance to the Water Park, which comprises over 100 lakes with a wide variety of recreational uses varying from fishing to watersports.
The single storey visitor centre has a green oak frame and comprises a café, exhibition area and shop. Panoramic views of the adjacent lake provides a key focus for visitors to the park. A key point to the Society’s mission is education and the building features information about the construction and low carbon systems, including a digital readout providing information on energy and CO2 usage.
The Gateway Centre has proved to be a very successful addition to the Park, supporting the commercial and charitable work of the Trust, who are dedicated to maintaining and improving the Cotswold Water Park for the people of the county and its wildlife.
Both buildings benefit from energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems including rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic cells and a lake-loop coupled to heat pumps. The installation of these systems allows the building to generate surplus electricity, which is fed back into the national grid.
“The sourcing of materials and use of local suppliers and craftsmen was carefully considered. The Society has an educational remit and respect for the environment was a prerequisite of the scheme.”
The first stop for many visitors is the fabulous Gateway Information Centre, a green oak barn construction with stunning views across a lake. Cotswold Water Park