We’ve installed a new ARC™ at an environmentally-conscious holiday resort, Great Field Farm, near Canterbury in Kent
We designed and manufactured the eco-building offsite in modular sections at our production site in Culham, Oxfordshire, and delivered to the Great Field Farm site virtually complete.
Unique, curved eco-building
The unique curved design mimics the glorious natural environment at Great Field Farm, and the use of sustainable materials creates a calm and relaxing getaway for holiday goers in the heart of the Kent Downs. The building is positioned on a prime spot within Great Field Farm overlooking green vistas and is well placed to benefit from stunning sunsets and the night’s sky.
Environmentally friendly building features
The ARC is equipped with environmentally-friendly features such as:
- a green roof
- a heat exchange system
- infra-red underfloor heating
- and smart sensors to regulate pollen, CO₂ levels, ventilation, heating and lighting.
The building’s three bedrooms comfortably sleep six people, and it boasts a north-westerly facing glazed end where guests can enjoy stunning sunsets within the state-of-the-art kitchen and a beautiful living space.
Mr and Mrs Castle, the owner-managers of Great Field Farm, look forward to welcoming guests into their ARC™ - fondly named the Bumble Barn - at the end of May. The new accommodation offers Mr and Mrs Castle a unique opportunity to expand their environmentally-conscious business, allowing the couple to cater to the demand for larger families and groups.
Lewana Castle said that she and her husband “just fell in love with the concept and design of the ARC™ as soon as they saw it.”
“We chose the Green Unit ARC as we liked the idea that it can be built under cover in the winter, is delivered practically complete, and that disruption on our site is minimal, so not affecting our other holiday guests.
“We pride our business on offering guests the space and freedom of the outdoors, but with the warmth and comfort of a house, and the new ARC building offers exactly that.
“Our guests will love the new experience of living in the round of the curved building, and I think they’ll be interested in the ARC’s sustainable features and clever technology. We’re looking forward to welcoming guests into our new ARC accommodation, and we’re sure that it’s an excellent investment for our business.
Jonathan Finnerty, Managing Director of Green Unit, said “the Great Field Farm project marks an important milestone for Green Unit as we deliver the ARC into what we expect to be the first of many businesses within the UK tourism sector.”
Green Unit will be making some exciting scaling developments with its move to Lockwood Farm which will provide a secure covered space of 21000 sqm. With its lofty 15m height, Lockwood Farm hanger is annexed right next door to the Culham Science Park and will become a part of the buzz surrounding the Science Vale’s pre-eminence in cutting edge technology and innovation.
Green Unit is proud to announce the launch of the ARC™ II building. As a wider unit than ARC™ I, the total internal dimension floor of ARC™ II measures at 6.4m (2.4m wider than that of ARC™ I), alongside a total internal useable space dimension of 7.2m due to the curvature of the walls. Compared with ARC™ I, ARC™ II boasts a total external dimension of 7.9m again with the length of the ARC™ set according to specific client needs.
The price per square meter roughly matches that of ARC™ I building figures. Whilst capturing the same ethos as ARC™ I, this new building strongly caters to a wider variety of applications, notably visitor centres, offices, spaces for retail, and other areas which welcome a larger number of people during peak times.
Green Unit has already delivered the components of ARC™ II to an enthusiastic client in Jersey. We look forward to the first complete installation of ARC™ II which will be used as an Administration Centre for the NHS at Colchester Hospital.
Malcolm and Lewana Castle of Great Field Farm, a luxury bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation business, will soon welcome the installation of a new premium resort building, to reflect the serenity of the stunning Kentish countryside surrounding the business.
Ready to be used in February 2019, this new resort building will be located very close to some of Kent’s prettiest villages and nature walks, courtesy of the eco-friendly company Green Unit. When deciding on the kind of resort to purchase, the couple wanted a new building that would complement the spectacularly beautiful views of the countryside and the eco lodges which the couple already offer to visitors.
As an environmentally conscious business with forty-five acres of farmland and gardens, its commitment to protecting the natural environment is well and truly shared with Green Unit. The unique and innovative ARC™ building perfectly captures the peaceful ambiance of the natural surroundings. Not to mention, its innovative technology and sustainable build flawlessly match the Castles’ ‘zero energy’ pledge.
‘We’re really looking forward to the arrival of the ARC™ building. It will provide our clients with a unique, relaxing space that reflects our values here at Great Field Farm. It’s exactly what we’ve been looking for’, says Malcolm Castle.
This particular ARC™ I building, suitable for both leisure and business, will consist of a three-bedroom modern build with a versatile space that could also be divided into a two-bed and one-bed. We look forward to delivering more news about this when production is in full swing!
We are delighted to announce that the NHS has welcomed a new multipurpose therapeutic unit at Colchester Hospital. In collaboration with KLH Architects, Green Unit has provided an environmentally friendly and adaptable modular building which perfectly suits the needs of the Palliative Care Team.
When the Clinical team at Colchester Hospital required a building that was both interesting and unusual, Green Unit had the perfect idea in mind. The unique ARC™ building achieves the right balance between style and comfort, providing patients with a peaceful and personal space to escape to, away from a busy and impersonal hospital environment.
“The curved shape of the Green Unit gives an immediate feeling of calm and allows patients to relax with loved ones in a private space and comfortable environment”, notes Dr Angela Tillet, Medical Director of Colchester Hospital. As she confirms, this new therapeutic unit reflects the widely accepted medical belief that a person’s positive environment may lead to an improvement in his or her emotional wellbeing and ability to manage problems. The ARC™ achieves this, establishing a strong connection with the natural environment through its large curved glazed sections overlooking the beautifully landscaped Time Garden courtyard
Not only does this unique space provide patients with a relaxing space, but it also successfully meets the NHS’s pledge to become more environmentally friendly. Rachel Stancliffe, Founder and Director of The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, values this key advantage, acknowledging that the ARC™’s low carbon build and high levels of operation performance is a conspicuous statement of Colchester Hospital’s commitment to meeting the NHS 80% carbon reduction targets by 2050. The building is crucially sustainable, and as Rachel Cormack of KLH Architects, advising the NHS, confirms, “the whole building far exceeds Building Regulations and has extremely low running costs.”
With the project receiving the full backing of the local community, Eric Price, principle Time Garden project volunteer, equally understands that therapeutic spaces like the ARC™ are vital in an NHS organisation.
Rachel Cormack is confident that more interest will soon follow on the part of hospital trusts. Both KLH Architects and the Clinical Team at Colchester hospital were thoroughly impressed by the whole design process and final product. “We’re really pleased to have worked with Green Unit and hope to work with them again. The functionality is excellent and this is why we went for The Green Unit”, says David Cohen, Capital Projects Manager at Colchester Hospital.
With a promise for more of these buildings to come, we very much look forward to future collaborations with the NHS.
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