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Our building

Derbyshire Eco Centre was built using sustainable methods, materials and technology to create an all weather facility that delivers heritage building skills, sustainable technologies, rural crafts, arts, environment and energy saving courses.

We've designed and built the centre and the surrounding landscape to gain an 'excellent' standard from the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Measure.

We were shortlisted in 2012 for a Green Gown Award by the Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges. It was in the category of 'Colleges and Smaller Institutions'. For more details about the awards go to Green Gown Awards (opens in a new window).

For our second round Green Gown submission we have referenced the various documents attached to this page.

The centre is constructed using sustainable methods, materials and technologies including local stone, a living green roof, rainwater harvesting, air source heat pump and solar panels.

A second development phase is planned to provide further sustainable technologies with the aim of making the site self sufficient in energy.

Our facilities include:

  • a large, multi-purpose area for practical work in heritage building skills, renewable energy, arts and crafts

  • an adaptable 'clean' teaching space, with network connections, for theory, meetings and lectures

  • an outside area with canopy for practical work

  • an office base

  • outdoor areas for craft and energy demonstrations

  • a social and exhibition area

  • toilet, washroom and shower facilities.

The centre cost £1.34 million and was funded by Derbyshire County Council, The Skills Funding Agency and the Derbyshire Economic Partership.

The construction of the building is important in promoting sustainability to learners, partners, community groups, organisations and the wider public.