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. 133_RSPB Purfleet Classroom +

The Marshland Discovery Zone is a public facility for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' nature reserve at Purfleet. It includes a new public outlook shelter, a small field classroom, and a composting toilet for use by school parties. Foundations are formed from driven timber piling which was first used for the construction of the reserves boardwalks. This provides a low impact, sustainable solution avoiding the need for piling sixteen metres down to the underlying chalk.

The large public outlook deck is surrounded by a high open timber screen. This deck links directly into the public outlook room which is formed from two re-used 40 foot shipping containers, sandblasted back to a weathering steel finish, and lined internally with timber boarding. The containers are roofed with a floating timber deck structure which uses a standard membrane roof and oyster shells as ballast. The composting toilet uses an off-the-shelf system adapted for use in the sensitive environment of the marshes.

. project type_ public building
. client_ Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
. date_ 2007-2009
. value_ £430,000
. status_ complete

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image | detailed view with grazing marsh and eurostar viaduct_photo © Sue Barr 2008

rspb purfleet classroom with oyster shell roof ballast by peter beard landroom