Cuerden Valley Park Visitor Cenre

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Design Team: Straw Works, including concept design, planning, building regulation and construction drawings.

Client: Cuerden Valley Park Trust.

Location: Cuerden Valley Park, Bamber Bridge, Preston.

Build cost: £400,000.

Size: Internal area 238m2, external area including decking 385m2.

Type: Visitor Centre including cafe, classroom, offices for CVPT and toilets.

Constructed by: Overseen by Project Manager John Stainton. Built by volunteers of the Cuerden Valley Park Trust (https://cuerdenvalleypark.org.uk/visitor-centre/) with courses run by the School of Natural Building for carpentry, car tyre foundations, straw bale walls, lime rendering and cedar shingling.

Construction: Loadbearing strawbale walls and timber frame construction, making this a hybrid. The roof is covered in cedar shingles – with the rear section mono pitch and the front section forming a curved roof. Where the two join, clerestory windows provide natural daylighting into the corridor below. A curved glazed screen forms the front elevation, with a raised decking area overlooking the fantastic views of the parkland.

We are hoping to become the first building in the UK to achieve the Living Building Challenge accreditation https://living-future.org/lbc

CVP is desperately in need of classroom space and a café. It is a thriving charity that engages very well with the local community, and has worked with Straw Works on design, build and training, and with Martin Brown of Fairsnape https://fairsnape.com/ on the LBC