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Somerset Earth Science Centre

Education / Medium
Somerset Earth Science Centre

Location:  Stoke St Michael, Bath

Size:  222m² / roof 358m²

Completed:  September 08

Contract Value:  £510k

Contractor:  Melhuish & Saunders Ltd

Consultant:  Whitby Bird, Bristol

Performance:  Zero Energy (ZED)

Formally Opened HRH Princess Anne (July 09)

Award:  RIBA Award 2010 – Shortlisted


The proposed new build Study Centre is to replace an existing facility at Whatley Quarry, Somerset. The Centre’s primary function is to provide a teaching resource for groups of school children (primary & secondary) and adults to learn more about the landscape, geology, geography, history, industry and industrial archaeology of the East Mendip hills.


The building is traditionally constructed (high thermal mass & thermal efficiency) maximizing natural daylight with a Ground Source Heat Pump (supplying underfloor heating & hot water) and a Ventilation Heat Recovery System. Energy supplied via a 6KW Wind Turbine providing 15000 KWh per Annum.