Lancashire Wetland and Woodland Reserve Competition

The site was created when the M6 was constructed over 50 years ago and gravel extraction created a series of large ponds. These ponds have now been adopted by birds and other native wildlife.

The architectural competition required a visitors’ centre that provided viewing areas, plus a focus for other activities such as water sports and cycling.

Our proposals responded to the glacial history of the site, whilst working with the contours of the terrain. The design features a series of ‘glacial shards’ that straddle the edge of the ponds, linked by a series of lightweight boardwalks. Materials respected the site’s context (by the motorway) and local industry – the shards were to be constructed of super insulated concrete.