NDC Brynsworthy Environment Centre | Roundswell, Barnstaple, North Devon


In 2008 North Devon appointed Reed Holland to develop a masterplan to relocate their Direct Labour Unit and local authority offices onto one site. This required the conversion of existing factory buildings and new building to provide a direct labour depot with vehicle maintenance workshops, residual / green waste store and overnight vehicle parking, recycling plant and associated offices.

We provided full lead architectural design services from inception through to planning, tender and practical completion. We also provided specialist funding procurement advice at the pre-construction stage. Within this role we helped to:

  • Coordinate preparation of work stage programmes for the design process;
  • Coordinate design of all construction elements, including work by consultants, specialists or suppliers and for health and safety matters in conjunction with CDM coordinators;
  • Communicate with the client on significant design issues;
  • Comply with the requirements of the construction (Design and Management) regulations 2007;
  • Lead and coordinate the preparation of a project quality plan, and work stage programmes, including work outstanding from previous stages;
  • Direct the work of the consultants;
  • Review the progress of design work in conjunction with the lead designer and CDM coordinator;
  • Facilitate communications between the Client and consultants except that communications on significant design matters are dealt with by the lead designer and / or the CDM coordinator.

The Centre incorporated solar panels providing hot water, air source heat pumps, natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting recycling utilising underground storage tanks, sun-tube natural lighting, air source heating for the space heating and achieved a BREEAM 'Very Good' rating.