Plans to bring a series of “eco-lodges” to The Shore area have recently reached an important milestone, as the firm behind the idea, SRT Eco-build, has submitted formal proposals to the council for planning permission.
The plans show proposals for three small, single-storey, buildings by the waterside at Rennies Isle. Two would be ‘eco-lodges’ whilst the third building, to be constructed on the site of the former bandstand, would be a “research facility.”
The planning application explains: “The proposal is to create a research facility comprising two Eco lodges and an Eco office and Research facility. The lodges will be offered on short term and long term rentals to the post graduate and doctoral community to allow a high degree of energy consumption and carbon emissions to be recorded in family living conditions, while acting as a living laboratory collecting data with the ultimate aim of improving the lodges to create a zero carbon emission home.
“By utilising the latest technology, and with careful design and construction considerations the energy requirement has been reduced considerably. The use of renewable energy sources such as rainwater harvesting, reduced CO2 emissions in some locations can get close to energy self sufficiency.
“Facilities for cycle parking is proposed adjacent to each lodge. The office and research facility will be sited in the position of the old ‘bandstand’ and the iron columns will be retained as a feature, creating a focal point to this micro Eco village.”
Although not part of this planning application, the same firm is also working up wider proposals that could see a further group of ‘green’ floating offices or houseboats in the water around The Shore, as well as proposals for a floating solar array on the docks adjacent to the Scottish Government’s Victoria Quay building.