We have many years of experience building for the commercial sector, with a number of large projects to our name. And our long line of highly satisfied clients has just been topped off with a celebrity endorsement! Read on for examples of our recent commercial projects, plus a word from the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls…
The Gateway School
We were recently approached by The Gateway School with an interesting challenge. Their existing modular buildings had reached bursting point; while four modular buildings was initially the right choice for the school, they now lacked space, and hoped to replace these buildings with one large classroom to maximise teaching space.
The second challenge was that the school was set in a wooded, conservation area, so foundations and underfloor heating were not permitted.
The Vivid Green solution involved the use of Swift Plinth foundations—essentially concrete ‘pads’—at the base of the building. Air-to-air source heat pumps heated the floor to comply with SBEM regulations, and the school was finished off with a real slate roof.
Best of all, the 30m x 8m school was completed in just eight weeks over the summer holidays, and was a roaring success with kids and teachers alike on their return.
Eco-Lodges, Lodge Hill Centre
We were recently commissioned to design and build two purpose-built eco-lodges in West Sussex. The eco-lodges were designed to offer cost-effective, self-catering accommodation and disabled facilities for 24 young people at the Lodge Hill Educational & Activity Centre in Pulborough.
In line with our environmentally conscious building principles, we used energy efficient insulation and heating and, to conserve water, use recycled rainwater in the toilets. The eco-lodge was roofed with recycled plastic tiles and smart meters were installed to measure energy and water consumption. The timber lodges blend in perfectly with the woodland campsite in the grounds, and have attracted positive attention from disabled groups, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the Princes Trust, and Bear Grylls – Chief Scout, adventurer and TV personality.
Bear Grylls full supports the eco-lodge project, saying:
“The personal development of young people no matter what their background, circumstances or abilities, combined with an understanding of how they can contribute towards the saving of our planet are amongst the greatest passions in my life … the two specially designed Eco Lodges at the Lodge Hill Centre … meet and mirror these twin passions and objectives. I am sure those staying in the lodges will have great fun building their confidence and self esteem whilst taking part in the many activities which are set in 32 acres of beautiful woodland on the edge of the South Downs National Park.”
Bear added, “I wish Lodge Hill continued success in enabling young people to achieve their full potential, and I am sure the Eco Lodges will contribute to their understanding of our environment.”