The Earth Centre in Doncaster, a landmark millennium project, opened to the public in 1999. The £50 million visitor attraction and ecological parkland covers 160 hectares of a former colliery site in South Yorkshire.
The whole project is based around principles of energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and use of non-polluting materials to provide the basis for sustainable development. The design developed strategies for colliery waste amelioration and transformation of the derelict site into a thriving Country Park.
- Fully integrated network of water management
- Rainwater harvesting and the treatment, storage and recycling of water for use in irrigation, water features and as a wildlife habitat
- Productive woodland, ecological grasslands, forest gardens and wetlands arranged around a central area of innovative gardens
- New gardens based on organic horticultural principles
- Unusual associations of planting to offer benefits for shelter, wildlife, food and timber
- Distinctive structures combining local stone, green oak and steel – creating contemporary character yet complementing the historic surrounding landscape
- Playful elements distributed through the site, including sensory trails, artworks and play structures