White Eagle Lodge

Located in the South Downs National Park in East Hampshire, Skelly & Couch are working with James Gorst Architects to design and deliver a new temple building and associated landscape for the White Eagle Lodge, a spiritual organisation founded in 1936. This new temple will become a spiritual centre for the worldwide WEL community.

The proposed plans for the temple complex is a one storey building covering an area of approximately 559m², and classified as a place of worship.

Alongside the temple’s main hall, the new building will also include an additional lecture room, smaller consultation rooms, a reception area, kitchen and library. Skelly & Couch are providing full M&E design from Concept to Construction, along with planning application documents at Stage 2.

The new temple will feature Ground Source Heat Pump technology to extract low temperature energy from the ground through a series of pipes. This innovative technology will be utilised to produce higher temperature heat and serve underfloor heating throughout the temple.

With the temple complex situated away from nearby noise and pollution, natural ventilation will be used wherever possible, ensuring comfort and enabling the end users to have control over their environment manually. With a shallow building design helping to achieve excellent daylight levels, the plan is to maximise the use of natural daylight therefore reducing the requirement for artificial light and roof lights which will help to prevent ‘sky glow’. The building will reinstate the photovoltaic array that serves the existing building to be demolished, adding to the building’s sustainability.

For this project there is a targeted EPC A rating