Slideshow - Inside The Acres

Construction on The Acres - the Council’s Temporary Accommodation Centre in Stornoway - has been completed, and the official opening takes place at the end of September.

The construction started in April last year for the project which cost approximately £2 million.

The building has been a project of Stornoway energy consultancy GreenspaceLive, the UK’s official consortium in The Affirmative Integrated Energy Design Action (AIDA) project.

AIDA is a project funded by Intelligent Energy Europe with a view to supporting building professionals and local authorities in the design and implementation of nZEB’s (nearly Zero Energy Buildings).

Solar panels heat the domestic water and the toilets and washing machines use harvested water, collected from the roof and stored in three underground tanks.

Underfloor heating runs throughout the building, and the building’s utilities are controlled by a building management system operated through a touch-screen display.

The corridors are all lit by LED lights that are activated by motion sensors. Each room is accessible with a card-key, similar to a hotel, whereby the card is also needed to use the power in a room.

The building is separated into four wings, each with a shared kitchen space. Downstairs there is also a recreation room with a pool table, and a sitting room with a television.

The complex has 24 bedrooms, all with en-suit bathrooms; four double bedrooms, two with disabled access and 18 single rooms, three of which are in a secure wing.

CCTV monitors the whole building, except for bedrooms and bathrooms, and a warden will be on duty at all times, monitoring 24 hours a day.