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Akrotiri eco-centre shortlisted for UK award

Akrotiri Environmental Centre

THE Akrotiri Environmental and Education Centre has been shortlisted for an award  from hundreds of candidates across the world, the British Bases said in a statement yesterday.

The UK structural awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of structural engineers across the world and this year 13 nations are recognised for their outstanding structural design. Akrotiri has been nominated in the small practices category for 2015.

“This project combines efficient handling of concrete and steel to create an elegant building that deserves recognition,” the judges said commenting on the environmental centre. “Such simple elegance requires a good eye for detail and a concern for the overall composition which this small practice of engineers has clearly demonstrated that it has. The project reflects sensitive and sustainable design in a way that is likely to engage the general public interest.”

The new Akrotiri environmental centre opened in February. It embraces some of the most innovative and environmentally friendly building concepts, including a photovoltaic system on the roof which provides 50 per cent of the British Bases energy requirements. It was designed as an educational facility to encourage awareness about the wetlands among schools and the general public.

The Akrotiri peninsula hosts more than 30 different orchid species, representing around 60 per cent of the orchid interest on island and the flora of the area includes more than 800 plant species, ten of which are included in the Red Data Book (endangered flora) and are only found in Cyprus.

Approximately 300 bird species have been recorded on the peninsula and the British Bases are home to the last breeding colony in Cyprus of the impressive Griffon vulture.

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