The 'Bale House' is the new Visitor Centre in Hastings Country Park. This unique straw building is in one of the most stunning landscapes in the UK. It is the first public straw building in Hastings and will act as a community facility and cafe with interpretation that showcases Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve.
From foundations to facade, it is constructed from natural and recycled materials which are healthy, fireproof, breathable, and they lock up carbon from the atmosphere, recycling agricultural by-products. It requires next to no energy to run and due to the high levels of insulation will need no additional heating to keep people comfortable.
This sustainable and exemplary building was designed by Cave Cooperative architects and built by a consortium of straw building specialists led by Huff and Puff Construction and Green & Castle.