Projects for People with Special Needs:
Eco Arc has made a conscious effort to provide sustainable development through participatory design for projects involving people with special needs whether that be mental or physical disabilities in the local community. Such projects include a MIND Complimentary Health Centre at Prestwich Metal Health Hospital, A training and Resource Education Centre for people with special needs at Heeley City Farm and a MIND Craft Workshop for people with special needs in Wakefield.
Economic Dimensions of the Eco Arc Sustainable Community Design Service
Eco Arc have been involved in a series of community based, skills training, employment youth projects employing, mostly previously unemployed people, on a range of environmentally based enterprises. Money raised locally was used to lever out support from UK funding agents, the European Regional Development Fund and Single Regeneration Budget amongst others. Environmental and financial sustainability can come together if our commitment to meeting the needs of deprived communities and excluded individuals are balanced with a sound business model that recognises the value of being green. Eco Arc’s sustainable building designs for community projects have very low running costs and are healthier and cheaper to run for clients who often have very limited revenue funding for day to day expenses.
Eco Arc provides a comprehensive RIBA based professional architect and Passivhaus design service, which includes:
Feasibility Studies, Environmental Design Studies and Business Plans. Covering outline sketch design proposals, land appraisal, funding / organisational option plans and business plans with cost estimates.
Full RIBA RIAS Architect Design Services. Including an integrated sustainable Passivhaus design approach creating healthy efficient buildings, aiming for a sustainable low carbon future, from initial planning designs through to completion on site.
Project Management for Community Projects, Community Training and Self Build Initiatives. Including community participation and liaison, full business / project plans, revenue and capital fund-raising, site appraisals and co-ordination of project implementation.
If you are thinking of a new eco design, Passivhaus or EnerPHit retrofit project, please do get in touch via the CONTACTS PAGE . We can take you through the design, planning and construction stages of creating a really beautiful, low energy and comfortable healthy building.
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