Landscape, Ecology & Sustainability.

The major aim of the landscape proposal is to fully integrate the development within the context of the existing rural setting and provide an attractive amenity for everyone using the development.

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Passive Design - Renewable Energy - Towards Zero Carbon Development - Enhancing Natural Environment - Public Transport - Alternative Means of Transport

Over the last twelve months MIRA’s team of landscape architects, working closely with a variety of experts, have undertaken detailed surveys of the existing site and its surroundings, including soils, trees and wildlife as well as a careful analysis of the visual impact of any future development on the surrounding landscape. These studies provide the basis for the proposed landscape design.

Existing ecological habitats including, water bodies, open grassland and vegetation will be retained as far as possible and protected. Proposals aim to establish a robust multi-functional green infrastructure providing wildlife corridors, drainage and water management, and potential energy sources. The scheme aims to maximise the accessibility for cyclists, pedestrians and the disabled by establishing a system of footpaths and cycle ways throughout the development linking into the wider network of existing public routes.

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Three Spheres of Sustainability.

The visual impact of the proposed development will be minimised by careful consideration of future planting to screen to all boundaries, particularly the A5 frontage. Wherever feasible, existing trees will be retained and new trees planted to increase stock for the future. The planting strategy concentrates on the planting of native species in keeping with existing local character such as hedgerows, woodland and wild flower meadows to maximise the future bio-diversity.

Following the public consultation the final stage of the assessment will be undertaken, measuring the development proposals against the findings of the original surveys. Through this process any remaining impacts on the ecology of the site can be assessed and any negative impacts set out clearly and addressed by future mitigation measures.

Sustainability will be at the heart of the Technology Park development which is being designed to meet best practice industry standards and will feature many aspects of a green future and sustainable design. The development will incorporate the latest technologies for low carbon building design, energy management and renewable energy forms, waste management and sustainable construction techniques. MIRA Technology Park will be designed as a low carbon, sustainable development.

Due to the scale of the estate and the new infrastructure which is required to deliver the masterplan, the opportunity exists to employ many new techniques and technologies to the benefit of the Technology Park clients that are also sympathetic to the environment.

Economy

  • Cutting edge technology
  • Increased employment
  • The new magnet for investment
  • Strengthening existing business structure

Environment

  • Renewable energy strategy
    • Photovoltaics
    • Solar water heating
    • Biomass and biogas heating
    • Heat pumps
  • Rain and grey water recovery passive design
    • Natural ventilation
    • Solar heat/loss/gain
  • Land use
    • Wood bio level fields
    • Bio oil fields

Society

  • Education and training
  • Pleasant and safe campus with sport recreation facilities

Sustainability

  • Economy/Society/Environment
  • Work, education, training
  • Cutting edge technology increase employment land use, energy use
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BREEAM: the environmental assessment method for buildings around the world.