Environmental Innovation Hub
Last updated 15th September 2021
Creating an inspiring new public education destination dedicated to achieving a step-change in the reduction of waste and elimination of single use packaging along Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s beautiful seafront.
Works are under way to prepare for a large timber frame for the main Hub building to be craned into place in late September.
This will require a temporary prom diversion put in place to allow pedestrians and cyclists to safely pass the site while heavy machinery is on the prom.
Works will take place on site from 7:30am-5pm Monday to Friday. BCP Council is coordinating the works. Completion is planned for spring 2022, weather conditions and COVID-19 restrictions allowing.
25th August – the images below show the layering of different textures of local sands and aggregates in the finished walls of the toilets and kiosk buildings. This finish reflects the geological layers in the cliffs along the seafront.
Installation of the timber frame begins at the end of September. The Innovation Hub is being built to Passivhaus standards and material recycled from former groynes along the seafront will be used in the cladding of it. We’re also using a special type of concrete that uses a recycled by-product from the iron industry to help reduce the carbon footprint of the project.
About the Project
Funded with £2.4 million from the Coastal Communities Fund, the Durley Environmental Innovation Hub will allow both residents and the millions of visitors that flock to our coastal resort every year, to explore and understand the environmental impacts of packaging, waste and climate change on our fragile coasts and seas.
With around 2,000 tons of waste removed from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s beaches every year, the hub will take a lead on recycling in public spaces and will be a centre of focus for BCP Council’s efforts to educate and change behaviours along the seafront.
In addition to the hub, the building will house a new kiosk and toilet facilities, together with welfare facilities for essential services linked to the nearby waste transfer yard.
This development will be built to high environmental standards, taking into consideration the whole lifecycle of the building. In the education building we are targeting a zero-carbon strategy and Passivhaus accreditation.
The building work is expected to be completed in spring 2022.
The development site, prior to the works
Durley Environmental Innovation Hub, architect’s rendering
What is an Environmental Innovation Hub?
- The Hub will provide a space where activities and learning can take place. There will be two multi-functional rooms, and an open area with displays.
- It will be a focus for BCP Council’s efforts to educate and change behaviours, dedicated to achieving a step-change in the reduction of waste and elimination of single use packaging along BCPs beautiful seafront and links closely with the ‘Leave Only Footprints’ campaign.
Why is it important?
- During 2020 the amount of rubbish left on the beach was more apparent than ever, leading to negative impacts upon both the environment and Council resources.
- The Hub will allow residents, and the visitors that flock to our coastal resort every year, to explore and understand the environmental impacts of packaging, waste and climate change on our fragile coasts and seas.
- With around 2,000 tons of waste removed from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s beaches every year, the hub will take a lead on waste reduction in public spaces and will be a centre of focus for BCP Council’s efforts to educate and change behaviours along the seafront.
What will be in the Hub?
- The development consists of a number of individual buildings connected with an open canopy roof.
- The main building will contain two multi-functional rooms. Below this will be welfare facilities for essential services linked to the Waste Transfer Yard next door; this is where the seafront team temporarily store all the rubbish collected off the beach, before it is taken away for recycling or to landfill, depending on the material.
- A small kiosk will sit towards the front of the site, and a row of public toilets are accessible from the side.
- The area under the open canopy will contain interactive and temporary displays and information.
Who is paying for the works?
- The project is funded by the government’s Coastal Communities Fund. A £2.4m grant has been given to deliver the Hub in 2021. The works are being undertaken by BCP Council’s Construction Works Team.
When will the development be completed?
- Demolition, ground clearing and piling words to create a stable foundation for the building were completed in April 2021. Work to install utilities and finish the sub structure will continue through May.
- Delays earlier in the year due to COVID-19 restrictions, together with the expected busy summer period, mean that work on the site will stop before the 2021 peak season and restart in September with a planned completion in spring 2022.
How many toilets are you providing?
- Six new unisex cubicles will be provided in the hub, together with an additional publicly accessible WC and separate toilets for staff use in the welfare building. Together with the toilet cubicles provided at Chineside in 2015 this will complete the second phase of a wider strategy to replace the toilets that stood at Durley Chine.
- The new toilet provision is in accordance with the Seafront Strategy. The new facilities will provide individual unisex cubicles, creating a more efficient and cost-effective solution allowing a higher turnover of users. An access ramp will be provided to these toilets.
How is this building meeting the BCP Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration?
- The building has been designed to be a flagship for future innovation as a development with high environmental credentials, directly in response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration.
- The ambition is to be a carbon neutral site in-use. The aim is for the main building to achieve Passivhaus status; it is being designed to function with minimal heating and cooling requirements. This is achieved through careful design including high levels of insulation, efficient heating/cooling/ventilation technologies. Solar PV panels are also being provided.
- Most of the materials used in the construction of this project have been sourced locally, with some being from recycled sources. Similarly, many of these materials are recyclable for future use.
- Where the old lifeguard unit stood, planting to enhance the natural vegetation on the cliff will be carried out (set out in a landscape plan) and a green roof will all provide benefits for biodiversity and carbon fixing in addition to improving the visual aspect of the locality.
- The public will be able to access the site and see this working example of a high environmental quality build.
- Planning permission was granted on 5th November 2020 Planning Application ref: 7-2020-18384-S
What's happening with the Waste Transfer Yard?
- The Waste Transfer Yard will remain. During the peak season this year, work on the Hub will be wound down and the yard will be used to help handle the waste left on the beach over the summer. Construction work will then restart in September to complete the Hub and final configuration of the yard to bring it back into full operation.
- The Seafront Team currently remove around 2,000 tons/year from the seafront, so this yard is important for managing that waste. The aim is for the Hub to bring a step-change in behaviour to reduce the amount of rubbish being deposited on the seafront each year by our visitors.