A 19th century stable yard in the midst of a Surrey parkland has become a centre for sustainable living. National Trust’s Morden Hall Park, with the River Wandle running through it, renovated the stable yard to become a centre that demonstrates green technologies to visitors.
The Living Green Centre at Morden Hall Park in south London houses a permanent, interactive exhibition about sustainable green living and renewable energy, a changing exhibition area, offices, craft stalls, water-saving eco toilets, and a cafe.
The centre uses natural and recycled materials to insulate the walls, ceilings and floors helping to make the stable yard highly energy efficient. Edenbloc, a type of insulation made from recycled wool, was used in the café and office walls with hemp in the roof.
In the exhibition area, cork insulates the walls with thermafleece in the roof. Energy is generated from three different types of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, an air source heat pump and a wood burning stove.
An Archimedes screw hydroelectric turbine was also installed in the River Wandle to generate electricity for the stable buildings, while rainwater harvesting tanks collect water to flush the toilets.
The stable was restored as part of the Livinggreen partnership. The Livinggreen initiative’s aim is to promote and implement sustainable renovation practices in 19th century buildings.
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