The project was procured on a design and build basis under the clients’ brief to deliver a low carbon development at Lincolnshire Showground.
EPIC is a community project led by the Lincoln Agricultural Society, a charity whose objectives include acting as an educator on rural affairs.
The EPIC building was formally unveiled by Princess Anne.
- The development spans some 5,000 square metres, made up of single storey and two-storey sections.
- The building contains three interlinked exhibition halls, offices and meeting halls.
- Services include kitchens and toilets.
- The facility was built beside the showground’s main arena and is set partially into an earth bank, which itself has been landscaped to form grass terracing for viewing. This is accessible from the first floor of the building via staircases which lead up to a full-length paved area with an overhead canopy.
- The building was constructed with sustainable materials including recycled aggregates.
- It has a combination of a steel frame and a Glulam timber frame set on ground bearing pad foundations.
- Rainwater is harvested for flushing toilets and there is also a composting toilet installed.
- The natural ventilation system work by passive means.
- Sun tubes increase the penetration of natural light into the building.
- It contains a biomass main boiler, fuelled by locally sourced wood chips with future provision made to run an oil rapeseed back-up boiler.
- Solar water heating.
- Two wind turbines.
- Provision for photovoltaic units to help offset the demand for electricity.
- Sedum roofing that comprises low growing succulent plants with thick, fleshy leaves that provide natural insulation and a habitat for wildlife, as well as taking carbon out of the atmosphere and easing the strain on drainage systems by improving water retention.
- External walls are comprised of cedar cladding and 6mm low-e toughened double glazing.
- Internally materials such as reconstituted boarding, clay plaster and carpets made from recycled materials have been used.
- Locally sourced materials, such as Lincolnshire limestone were sourced from the same quarry that provides material for Lincoln Cathedral.
- Educational tours were held by R G Carter during the construction to local schools and colleges.
- Winner of business category 2008
- Placed first in Britain’s top 20 greenest buildings
- Considerate Constructor score of 36 out of 40.
- Considerate Constructor Monitor, T W Mundy Dip Arch: ‘The EPIC Project will be seen I believe, as a nationally recognised icon of industry expertise for a considerable time to come.’
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