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July 29, 2009

Sustainable venue builds green accommodation

The Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, arguably the world’s greenest events venue, is seeking planning consent for a development of 38 bedrooms on its site in Lambourn Berkshire. 

The bedrooms will support the centre’s ongoing education programmes by providing overnight accommodation for conference guests, researchers and students.

The complex will sit directly opposite the current conference centre and replace two brooder sheds, currently used to rear the farms famous organic chickens. But wildlife lovers need not fear, as state-of-the--art brooder sheds have been built elsewhere on the 2,500 acre farm.

The venue promises that the new building will take the centre’s green and sustainable initiatives to a “whole new level”, while breaking barriers once again within the conferencing and training industries.

For example, heat exchanges will ensure that energy from hair dryers, steam and even body heat goes un-wasted. A bio-mass burner is also likely to be installed, providing energy from the manure created by the farm’s livestock. What’s more, a living wall is currently part of the plans, as well as two accessible bedrooms and a community area.

“While Sheepdrove has always been an unique venue, providing the best quality food with a focus on sustainability, our lack of accommodation has driven away certain businesses or forced them to use local accommodation providers, increasing mileage,” said Sheepdrove’s director of operations, Russell Downing.

“The creation of these bedrooms – due to be finished in late 2010/early 2011 – will allow us to meet the needs of all potential clients, while removing one more potentially negative impact on the environment.”

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