Heart of the Park project
Livinggreen exhibition space
There is an exhibition telling the story of how we restored the building and similar 'eco-renovations' you could do yourself. There is also be a temporary exhibition space, programme of activities and guided walks.
The remaining waterwheel has undergone conservation to go back to its appearance between 1825 and the early 20th century when the Mill was a working mill.
Unfortunately the wheel can not be restored to working order.
Behind the scenes
We held a series of Taster Days which enabled members of the public to learn more about sustainable renovation and have a look around the stable yard.
Participants also had the chance to get involved in the renovation project.
The project has renovated the stable yard to become the Heart of the Park and a centre for sustainable living, which opened on 5 November 2011. The stable yard provides a small café, offices for our staff, exhibition space, stalls for craft artists to sell their work, a family picnic area and toilets.
The stable yard is highly energy efficient, with
- insulated walls, floors and roofs
- photovoltaic solar panels to heat water and produce energy
- an air source heat pump which takes heat from the air to provide hot water or heating
- a wood burning stove to provide more heat
Most of our energy will come from the hydroelectric turbine in the river Wandle when it is installed in summer 2012. Excess renewable energy will be exported to the National Grid.