Volks Railway £1.5m Solar Project
During Autumn 2012 the Seafront Development Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council engaged Vistudio to work on the solar regeneration of the Volks Railway.
The new ￡1.5m scheme was developed by BLB Engineers along with Marrs Architects, and includes the rebuild of the decaying train sheds and creating a new Solar Park. The new sheds are to host an array of solar panels to the south facing roof pitches, the Solar Plaza and adjacent park house 5 large ‘E_Trees’ (solar energy trees) to provide all of the power required to run the railway all year round. This exciting new scheme reinforces the Council’s commitment green energy and also to constructing new features along the sea front on wasted and underused sites.
The Volks Railway is the oldest electric railway in the world and I think that its inventor Magnus Volks would certainly be proud some 130 years on to see the latest in solar technology added completely rejuvenating his vision and bringing it into the 21st Century. Vistudio designed a logo and presented a visual document for the proposal, identifying the location, materials palette and several CGI images of the design. Shed elevations, arial views, wire frames and photo montages were produced along with a 3D study of the E_Tree concept. This work allowed the client, all team members, and the planners to fully understand the design, materials, scale and colour of the project as individual elements, and as a whole.
The scheme was duly given Planning Approval in December 2012. Funding is now being put arranged so the project can be realised.
“I first approached Vistudio following a recommendation. From the initial meeting it was clear that Vistudio completely grasped the concept of our project and were fully on board with what was required. Vistudio instinctively knew which perspectives were key to showcasing the scheme but also ensuring the impact to the surrounding environment could be honestly shown.
The transformation from a few plans and photographs to the image of what was being proposed was incredible and it really brought the project to life. The final images were produced to a very tight timescale but what I found most impressive was the sense that Vistudio were providing a really personal service and had become an integral part of our team. I really felt that our job mattered and that level of commitment is priceless.”
Toni Manuel – Seafront Development Manager, Brighton & Hove City Council.
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