Designing in sustainability
Highly Commended in the Hertfordshire Building Futures Design Excellence Award category 2009
This new indoor recreational facility is in the heart of the local Bennetts End community in Hemel Hempstead and provides 10,500m² of floorspace made up of 7,400m² of indoor ski slopes, 2,300m² of amenity space and 800m² of retail space on a site of approximately 2.99ha.
The footprint of the building covers 8,850m² or 30% of the site area. There is a warm and cold side to the building. The cold side snow facility includes two slopes, a large recreational slope and a smaller training slope. It is externally clad with profiled steel sheets with contrasting curved column covers and fascias to create texture and shading to break up the façade of such a large building. The warm side amenity building contains the main operational facilities in addition to a shop and café. This side is externally clad with untreated larch, colour changing rock fibre panels and glass.