Is Cuerden Valley Park Visitors Centre the ‘greenest’ building in the UK? We are fortunate to have this project right on our doorstep.

Martin is a Living Building Challenge Ambassador, founder of the UK Collaborative and advisor to the Cuerden Valley Park Visitor Center, the first project to be designed and constructed to meet the Living Building Challenge standard.
The building was designed so that volunteers from the Park Trust could build it themselves. People from the local community volunteered throughout the project and Straw Works ran training courses in natural material building techniques, such as straw bale building, lime plastering and cedar shingling. Engaging the local community in the project resulted in a great sense of ownership in the finished building.

‘Martin is an innovative sustainability ‘provocateur’, advocate and business improvement consultant with his Fairsnape practice, based in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire UK.

Building on his 45 years UK and overseas experience in project management, business improvement and sustainability he now supports many leading organisations and practices.

Martin explores our sustainable future, sharing powerful messages and inspiring stories, highlighting the tough choices we face and the opportunities we have to create a better tomorrow.

From understanding climate change, reconnecting with nature, rethinking carbon management and the materials we use in our buildings, he acknowledges we can all imagine better and provokes improvement.

Our built environment is facing an avalanche of disruptive change; methods of design and construction; digital technical and financial; social and climate imperatives; shifts in investment and a new understanding of how we value buildings. Some of these disruptions are from within our sector, far many more are external. Martin alerts us to the next and emerging issues that organisations must address now for a sustainable and future built environment sector.’

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Martin Brown’s Website

Barbara Jone’s Website

Straw Works Website

School Of Natural Building Website

More info about the Cuerden Project

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