Posted on May 19, 2017 in Architecture News, Blog, Local News, Planning News | No Comments

ECA are excited to be part of the Poole Maritime Festival taking place in various locations including Poole Quay and Baiter Park this weekend Fri 19th May – Sun 21st May.

The Poole Maritime Festival website tells us that ‘Poole’s fishing and merchant trade heritage has played a key role in developing Poole into a thriving coastal town and port that it is today. Poole is home to innovative and high tech businesses including Sunseeker, Lush Cosmetics and RNLI. Its ambition can be seen in the award winning world-class Twin Sails Bridge, the first bridge of its type in the world. Its two lifting leaves resemble the sails of a yacht representing Poole’s proud maritime heritage.’ 

This is particularly exciting for us as plans are underway for the construction of a new floating boathouse for the RNLI, designed by ECA architects. The design of the lightweight roof structure appears to float above the boats and is influenced by the shapes of the structures in and around the port including the Twin Sails Bridge.

ECA are at the forefront of designing for climate change, ”Building Sustainable Futures”. Our recent building projects in Dorset include a Passivhaus in Winterbourne Zelston , so thermally efficient that no heating is required ! Poole Canoe Clubhouse in Hamworthy is capable of protecting against frequent flood events and Poole Bridge Floating Boathouse for the RNLI  – a floating structure.

We need to proactively adapt in order to protect ourselves from the impacts of climate change. Humans have an amazing capacity to adapt to their environment. As Architects and Planners we are adapting buildings and towns in a number of ways:

  • As sea levels rise & land mass shrinks: – We are designing buildings which can either float or can accommodate frequent flooding
  • To reduce energy consumption & carbon emissions: – We are designing more energy efficient buildings such as Passivhaus
  • To cope with extreme temperatures and heavy rain: – We are designing buildings and their foundations in different ways

Some examples include:

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