8 February 2016

New eco building at Arboretum set to open next month

The country’s first carbon neutral ‘arc’ building at Harcourt Arboretum is getting ready to welcome its first visitors.

Forming the Aboretum’s new ticket office and gift shop, this new eco building has been designed and manufactured by Green Unit, a company set up by two former Oxford University students.

Made from sustainable materials, its cutting edge insulation design includes triple glazing. The building is clad at the front and back with cedar boards and has a sedum roof, all insulated with sheep’s wool. Heating and ventilation is provided by an energy efficient earth tube heat exchanger. Estates Services has been involved with the provision of the electrical and computer network supply for the building.

Visitors to the Arboretum will be able to experience the new facilities from March.