The sailing team formed by Olympic multi-gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie is equipping its new HQ with green energy under a partnership with renewable energy investor Low Carbon. The partnership will provide Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) with clean energy as it develops its 2017 bid for the America’s Cup.
The team’s headquarters, currently under construction on the Camber in Portsmouth, will be powered by solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. The initial target is to supply 90% of the team’s electricity power needs, with this improving to 100% once energy monitoring is implemented. The new headquarters and visitor centre is targeting a BREEAM green building rating of Excellent, and is set for completion this summer. The building, designed by HGP Architects, has a stepped façade of semi-transparent PTFE fabric, stretched around a base structure of polished concrete. The project team also includes main contractor Allied Developments, structural engineer Reuby & Stagg and environmental consultant Couch Perry Wilkes.
Commenting on the partnership, Low Carbon’s founder and chief executive Roy Bedlow said: “This project has exciting implications for renewable energy. Because the BAR philosophy is about educating and engaging locally, the project will be a fantastic showcase for how large buildings can be almost entirely sustainable.”