London Green Sports Centre Opens

11 August 2009 (Last Updated August 11th, 2009 18:30)

A £4.5m eco-friendly sports complex in London, designed by LCE Architects, has been opened. The Little Venice Sports Centre is built from sustainably sourced wood and has sedum grass roof to insulate the building, reducing the need for air conditioning. The sports centre has b

A £4.5m eco-friendly sports complex in London, designed by LCE Architects, has been opened.

The Little Venice Sports Centre is built from sustainably sourced wood and has sedum grass roof to insulate the building, reducing the need for air conditioning.

The sports centre has been designed to have improved ventilation as air moves in from the top of the building with the help of wind catchers on the roof. It also features light wells or 'sun pipes' that will channel natural light into the building.

The sports complex will save the equivalent of 3.8t of CO2 a year with the help of six large solar panels installed on the roof.

The centre will offer both sports and community-related activities including badminton courts, a sports hall, dance studio and fitness suite.

Library services and an IT training suite equipped with cameras to monitor and analyse athletes' agility and durability are also some of the facilities provided by the sports centre.