Whitelee Windfarm, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm, is located on Eaglesham Moor close to Glasgow. The 215 turbines generate 593MW of electricity, powering some 300,000 homes. The Visitor Centre provides the focal point for recreation facilities on the site, which include extensive cycle and walking routes. Due to its central location, Whitelee Wind Farm attracts large numbers of visitors, who can enjoy the hands-on interactive exhibition, café and shop. The Learning Hub hosts activities and workshops for the public, school and community groups.
The brief required a flexible design, accessible to all visitors, and demonstrating renewable energy concepts. Use of sustainable materials and ambient energy for light and heat were essential components, while disruption to local habitats was minimised. A glass roof to the ‘street’ allows natural lighting into the heart of the building, with photovoltaic panels incorporated into the glass panels, providing solar-generated power and acting as solar shading to limit heat gain. Large sections of the building are naturally ventilated and rainwater is harvested to supply water to toilets.
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