AUl3 Masterplanning | HPW Architecture

Paultons Family Theme Park has enjoyed its first season since the culmination of HPW Architecture’s seven year masterplan that transformed the South of England attraction.

The recently completed Gateway Building, the final phase of the masterplan, has already welcomed more than 1 million visitors into the 64 acre theme park during its first season alone.

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Working closely with the New Forest National Parks Authority, HPW secured planning for new buildings, infrastructure and refurbishment of existing buildings.

Since 2008 a rolling programme of construction, completed outside of the key Spring and Summer trading periods, has transformed customer facilities at the Park and helped it achieve its international status.

The central building of the Park’s Peppa Pig World attraction, completed in 2011, was well publicised for its pioneering sustainable design and low-cost operation. Since its completion, the building has demonstrated the value of low energy systems with its minimal heating and energy bills. Features of the building include a 10,000ft2 curved wildflower roof, a super-insulated shell, ventilating wind catchers, sustainable drainage and underfloor heating.

Low energy buildings were key to the success throughout the masterplan, both for securing planning in an environmentally sensitive location as well as reducing the Park‘s energy needs. Photovoltaic (PV) solar arrays were installed with minimal visual impact on the roofs of the engineering store, engineering workshop and retail store. These now produce approximately 7% of the 1,510,000 kWh electrical energy used by the Park annually. The energy profile of the Park across the year showed a high demand in Summer and low in Winter, matching perfectly the output of a PV system.

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