Morden Hall Park is a 19th century park in South London which is maintained by the National Trust. The project is part Heritage Lottery part INTERREG IVB (EU) funded and was conceived as a demonstration of sustainable renovation practices for historic buildings.
Crofton Design was commissioned by the National Trust to provide structural engineering services for the sustainable refurbishment of the stable yard in order to make it the ‘Heart of the Park.’ The refurbishment works included the creation of a small café, offices for staff, exhibition space, stalls for craft artists to sell their work, a family picnic area and toilets.
Achieving BREEAM Excellent under a bespoke scheme and featured as a case study within the BREs briefing paper – “Sustainable Refurbishment of Heritage Buildings: How BREEAM helps deliver”, the second phase of the project involved the installation of an Archimedes screw hydropower system on the River Wandle; the first of its kind in London. It provides further energy for the stable yard facilities. The turbine provides 63,000 kWh each year, enabling Morden Hall Park to become totally self-sufficient and a net exporter of energy.
The renovated Victorian stable yard is one of the most energy efficient historic buildings in the country and the only heritage case study to achieve the water recycling credit, resulting in the project winning the RICS Awards London in the Design & Innovation category, and a Silver Award in the Green Apple Awards.