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Walk and talk at Durley Chine Environmental Hub

Event organised by ICE

21 September 2023
17:30 - 19:00 BST (GMT+1)
Durley Chine Environmental Hub
Bournemouth, BH2 5JF
United Kingdom

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Durley Chine Environmental Hub is located on Bournemouth’s celebrated seafront at an internationally recognised Blue Flag beach.

This highly insulated, timber framed education space, commissioned by BCP Council, is a beacon for low carbon innovation and what can be achieved beyond the traditional construction pathway.

With around 2,000 tonnes of waste removed from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole’s beaches every year, the hub will be a centre of focus for BCP Council’s efforts to educate and change behaviours along the seafront.

The hub is a Passivhaus certified building, designed to have as low a carbon footprint as possible. It has an extremely low embodied carbon calculation, using recycled materials collected from the beach in its construction. The building is also designed to be net zero carbon in operational use with added elements aimed at enhancing the biodiversity of the site. 


17:30 - 17:40


17:40 - 18:00

Walking tour

18:00 - 18:30


18:30 - 19:00

Questions and refreshments


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Mike Ford

Mike Ford

Footprint Architects

associate architect

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Mike Ford

Mike has been with Footprint Architects for nine years. Previously, he worked for an award-winning design led practice based in Winchester, specialising in high end residential architecture. He also has experience working for practices in Liverpool and Brisbane, undertaking large scale education projects.

His design ideals lie with developing an architectural language around client requirements and site context, underlined with the principles of proportion and the careful selection and detailing of materials.

At Footprint, Mike uses his expertise and valuable experience to push the business to think and design in a contemporary manner that enhances and respects its immediate and local context. Mike has developed his expertise in Passivhaus design in recent years, undertaking various projects that achieve this standard. He also has a keen interest in reducing the embodied carbon of projects.

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

BCP Council

seafront operations manager

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Andrew Brown

Andrew and his team manage 15 miles of award-winning beaches and Christchurch Harbour. His department is responsible for the delivery of services to ensure the resort is clean, safe and maintained, as well as operating a number of businesses, generating around £9.5 million per year.

Andrew has been in his current since 2012. His background is in commercial horticulture, where he managed a number of garden centres and ran his own garden design and maintenance business.