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Ecos Millenium Environmental Centre
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Picture of the Ecos Millennium Environmental Centre, Ballymena, Co. Antrim - the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland. This award winning interpretive Centre is designed to increase awareness of the environmental issues affecting today’s world. It is set in " a developing country park where you can have fun exploring the natural world and how we use it " : an educational resource, where visitors can learn about key environmental issues and how problems can be tackled and experience wildlife at first hand in its natural habitat. A unique experience combining fun, exploration and learning, the exhibits have been designed to stimulate people of all ages, and to confront visitors with issues of global significance and personal responsibility. Ecos’s overall aim is to promote a sustainable future.

The Ecos centre demonstrates how global warming can be slowed down by a reduction in the production of carbon dioxide—the main greenhouse gas—through the use of alternative renewable resources such as wind, solar power, and willow coppice. The design of the building and the materials used in its construction follow the same sustainable principles. The Centre is shaped to create a thermal flywheel effect, naturally distributing the heat available inside. Landscaping and building work took just over two and a half years, although from conception to opening in August 2000 took five years.

Built on 150 acres of marshland on the edge of the town, Ecos comprises a visitor centre with two interactive galleries, a nature park managed by the Ulster Wildlife Trust and a conference centre. My only comment relates to the building's brutal architectural style. Although photogenic, it seemed, to me, that this tended to mitigate against the Centre's environmental credentials.

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