With a projected capital construction cost in the region of £7m, Harbourside will be an exciting ‘signature/landmark building’ that will be seen from all entry points into Porthcawl from the M4 and A48. It will be designed and built to a minimum of BREEAM Excellent Standard and will be a high quality, environmentally, ecologically, economically, sustainable building.
A focal point of the southern elevation is its leading edge approach to both design and energy self-sufficiency. The impressive South Tower will be constructed to act as a solar collector/stack from which heat is extracted from the upper level and sent through heat exchangers providing warm air to supplement/reduce heating energy costs. At the very top of the tower the Crow’s Nest forms a visitor platform equipped with a Camera Obscura that will enable users to see right across the bay into neighbouring Welsh counties and South West England.
Building Design & Environmental Statement
It is the intention of Porthcawl Harbourside CIC to achieve the highest possible standards of architectural and environmental design, construction and facilities. The proposed Porthcawl Maritime Quarter – ‘Harbourside’ will become an environmental, architectural and educational tool to be utilised by all, from concept stage through to final completion and use.
The Porthcawl Harbourside CIC wish to minimise the impact of the building/development on the environment and for the building and its associated facilities to be recognised for its environmental benefits and enhancement; the creation of a sustainable building and facilities in the true sense of the word. It is the intention to create a destination and a sense of place as an integral part of the Harbour Quarter but with strong connections to the town and surrounding facilities.
Through the design process, construction and proposed use of the building, environmental education and best practice will be promoted through innovative and energy efficient methods to minimise and reduce the impact on the environment. Users and visitors will also be educated and made aware of the benefits of good environmental practices through the design process, construction process and the short and long term use of the building. There will be a duty/responsibility on the owners of the building in conjunction with the multi-various occupants and users to engage in best practice environmental and energy policies.
The building will be designed to achieve the minimum BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating while aiming for a possible ‘Outstanding’ rating. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method).
BREEAM Schemes are monitored and overseen by the BRE Global ‘Sustainability Board’ which is ISO 9001 Certified for it’s BREEAM Building Schemes.
The appointed assessors of the Project will be fully qualified and are UKAS Accredited.