The Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre (HARC) is the first UK Passivhaus archive building, and the first to be designed and built to the new guidance on the storage and exhibition of archival materials, PD5454, released in March 2012. By proving that Passivhaus offered a 4% capital cost saving out weighed the original brief target of BREEAM Excellent and has met the clients vision of offering value for money with on-going operational savings; around 80% compared to similar facilities built to UK Building Regulations. The building is split into two distinct masses, a thermally isolated repository and an administration facility with public outreach, accommodating public research rooms, an education room, restoration lab, council offices and exhibition space across two floors. A key aspiration was to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere with an air of frugal quality without ostentation; the choice of natural materials and finishes offer a clean and calming aesthetic. Achieving a welcoming presence to users was coupled with the need to provide a secure environment for the countyÍs priceless archive collection.
Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre
Fir Tree Lane
HEREFORD HR2 6LA
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