Here at Brockholes our award-winning Visitor Village and conference facilities were specifically designed with an emphasis on sustainability and environmental performance, making it the ideal venue choice for any business looking to go green.


The building itself has been awarded several accolades for sustainability including the prestigious architectural accreditation; BREEAM “Outstanding” for the interim design stage. We have also been awarded a Green Tourism Gold Award, following a site inspection which concluded that Brockholes was an extremely sustainable destination.

Building design

green tourismThe design brief was to construct a sustainable building in the middle of a flood plain.  To meet these requirements the Visitor Village is built on a 2400 square metre concrete pontoon that floats on the lake and incorporates the highest environmental standards.  Heating, lighting, temperature and CO2 levels are all monitored by building detectors linked to a computer management system.

Energy Use

Heating is provided by a high efficiency low emission biomass boiler burning locally sourced wood fuel.  The buildings are extremely well insulated to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer.  Natural ventilation also helps to maintain the building temperatures.  The electric lighting is highly efficient with controls that automatically dim and/or turn off the lights when there is enough daylight available or the spaces are unoccupied.

Water Use

Drinking water comes from a 60m borehole after passing through a filtration plant.  Water consumption is minimised by using low use fittings such as low volume taps and flush toilets.  Toilet flushing is provided by rain water harvested from the lake.

Waste water from the toilets and the kitchen is pumped to a septic tank from where waste water is discharged to a reed bed treatment area.  The reed bed was built by volunteers and as well as treating our waste water it provides a great home for wildlife.

Waste Management

Cardboard, plastic and glass is recycled.  Some of the food waste that is generated is composted.

Brockholes Environmental Statement

As Lancashire’s leading local wildlife charity, we are committed to minimising the impact of our activities on the environment.

We will:

  • Inspire visitors about the natural world and encourage them to get actively involved.
  • Preserve and enhance the biodiversity and natural heritage of the nature reserve.
  • Ensure that staff and volunteers have an understanding of our environmental aims and objectives and are able to impart these to visitors.
  • Encourage visitors to travel by public transport, on foot and by bicycle by providing them with information to plan their visit and on site facilities.
  • Continue to source products for our shops and restaurant from regional producers wherever possible.
  • Continue to source products and services from suppliers who share and demonstrate our environmental objectives.
  • Monitor our energy consumption and set targets for improvement.