Project Description

We have recently received planning approval for a low energy, sustainable Scout Association Hub, in Four Marks, Hampshire.

etc Design Ltd have been appointed to provide full architectural services for the new build project, which is being designed using passivhaus principles and collaborative BIM.

The rural site is on the edge of an existing recreation ground and playing fields with neighbouring farm land being converted to housing. The new building replaces the Scout Groups existing hut, pavilion building and storage sheds which have reached the end of their useful lives.

A modern, flexible and low maintenance building, has been designed for use by the local residents and Scout Association groups, some of which have waiting lists due to the current shortage of accommodation.

The form of the new building is derived from traditional, timber clad scout buildings and the local context of farm buildings. Materials include a mix of dark vertical and natural horizontal timber boarding, with metal roof sheeting and sedum roofs.

Internally, the layout features a central multi-purpose hall with meeting rooms and ancillary accommodation around it, to create a building for mixed and multiple uses.

Visitors and users have been considered, by making the building easily recognised from the approach, with views into the main activity hall from outside. The link with the outside continues in the form of a covered activity space and views of the playing fields and countryside from the building.


Four Marks Scout Group

Floor Area
600sq. m approx

Construction Cost

Project Team
Architect: etc Design Ltd, Passivhaus Design Consultants: Greenbox Associates, Engineering Consultants: Goodhind, M&E & SBEM Consultants A&P Dynamic design ltd, MVHR Specialist: Green Building Store, Cost Consultants: DBK Ltd