Fusion transforms cattle shed to LEAF innovation center, eco-friendly, at Allerton Project wildlife farm.
Fusion were contracted in the conversion of a disused brick cattle shed on the Allerton Project wildlife research farm at Loddington in Leicestershire. The desired outcome for the barn conversion was to create an innovation centre for LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) with extremely high environmentally friendly credentials.
We were proactive with the design element of the building, installing a biomass wood pellet boiler and adding low-energy lighting. We also used materials sourced from the farm to improve minimise the environmental impact of the facility. Straw was used for the walls, sheep fleece for insulation, and harvested rainwater was used for toilets and showers.
To complete the project, we installed 16 solar photovoltaic panels onto the roof to generate electricity, with the excess sold on to the National Grid.
The building was transformed into one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the country. As such, it won the 2012 Property and Construction Award for Sustainable Development.
These features enabled the barn to reduce day-to-day running costs while promoting its eco-friendly and sustainable credentials.