The Depot was designed and built on environmentally responsible principles with a determination to create a venue with the lowest possible impact on the climate. Cinemas use a lot of energy, so minimising energy consumption was a key challenge for the project team. A ground source heat pump, which involved boring twelve pipes to a depth of 200 m, now serves as the building’s geothermal heating and cooling system, and solar panels provide a renewable energy source.
A living roof planted with local chalk and Down-land plant species provides excellent heat and sound insulation and prevents excessive water run-off. Local materials were sourced wherever possible, with the use of local pebbles and shingle becoming a prominent design feature. Double glazed curtain walling, water saving systems, roof vents and shutters and automated lighting all contributed to the building being awarded an EPC A rating.
The venue has fulfilled the Client’s brief of becoming an award winning community hub. Alongside an innovative programme of mainstream, arthouse and independent films; it has become home to film festivals, live art events and creative and educational workshops. The auditoria feature high specification seating, with Dolby Atmos 7.1 sound plus 2K and 4K projection technology.
The project received a RTPI award for excellence in planning for culture & heritage, a National Building Excellence award for best public service building and was also a finalist in the Civic Trust Southern regional awards 2018.