This sensitive site is adjacent to the Harewood Grade I Listed historic garden. It also sits within the Green Belt and is close to Eccup Resevoir with its SSSI status. Great care was taken in the setting of the buildings and design of the landscape proposals to ensure that its impact on the surroundings was controlled. Landscaping design includes setting the building into the ground and redistributing excavated material in new natural-looking contours. This is in keeping with the rolling topography of the area. Mixed woodland planting, a pond and wetland vegetation enhances the potential for wildlife habitat formation.
Brewster Bye Architects worked alongside the various engineering disciplines in the design development. The main plant building includes process facilities with welfare and administrative accommodation. These are enclosed in smooth external cladding panels which were carefully designed with a controlled grid discipline to relate to the fenestration. The design of the roof took into account potential hazards by gaining access to high levels over tanks. Hazards such as this were designed out by an extended ‘fan’ at eaves level which provides a safe platform for maintenance.