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Flying Start, Isle of Sheppey, North East Kent, United Kingdom

Friday 25 May 2007

Off to a flying start

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Architect submits plans for £27 million fully sustainable 21st Century building to celebrate the centenary of British aviation 

Plans for an iconic, energy efficient building, celebrating the pioneering spirit of the founding fathers of aviation, are through to the final stages of the Big Lottery Living Landmarks application. The £27 million project, strongly supported by Thames Gateway authorities and agencies, will make full use of proven sustainable energy technologies in order to reduce carbon emissions and use energy responsibly. Stuart Martin, of award winning architects Walker and Martin, is leading the impressive 'Flying Start' initiative and has adopted a comprehensive greening strategy in the construction of the project which will include wind turbines, solar and geothermal energy as well as rain water recycling. The environmental design philosophy of the building and its engineering services will take full advantage of seasonal changes in climate and help to reduce reliance on energy consuming systems and hence drive down consumption and emissions. The building will not only tell the story of early British aviation, but will be a centre of culture and learning, as well as provide a viewing base for bird enthusiasts across the local RSPB site. The innovative building, with its form reminiscent of a delta wing plane taking off, will encompass existing listed buildings as well as exciting new spaces. The entire site is 22 acres. The building's footprint is approximately 152m x 97m with a floor area of 10,400 sqm. Starting from ground level the building will soar to 34m at its highest point. If successful, the 'Flying Start' project is to be built on the Isle of Sheppey in North East Kent, the official birthplace of British aviation and home to the world's first aircraft factory built in 1909.

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Status Design
Value 39.8(m€)
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Walker and Martin Architects

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