Our building: greener by design

Renewable energy

Depot was designed and built on environmentally responsible principles, with a determination to create a venue with the lowest possible impact. Cinemas use a lot of energy so our priority was to research sustainable energy sources.

Depot is unique in its investment in a Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) which involved boring twelve pipes to a depth of 200m and serves as a geothermal heating and cooling system. The GSHP takes care of our efficient underfloor heating and heats our water to 60 degrees. This reduces our dependency on fossil fuels significantly and lowers our electricity bills. We source our gas and electricity from a company that only provide renewable energy.

Solar panels provide another renewable source of electricity.

Every opportunity to minimise energy consumption has been designed into the building: double glazed curtain walling; LED lighting; automated systems for internal and external lighting; use of roof vents rather than air conditioning in the restaurant area, along with shutters to regulate sunlight and heat. We save water using automated systems on our taps and urinals.

We are very proud that our EPC rating is ‘A’

Local materials

Depot’s building design references the local architecture and its South Downs location. This is particularly evident in the main entrance arch and Studio roof. We worked together with local flint and lime conservation specialist The Flintman Company who went on to win the 2017 Sussex Heritage Building Craft Award for his designs at Depot.

Local pebbles were used as a design feature on the roof and local shingle was used in the screed restaurant flooring. The shutters around the restaurant windows are constructed from locally sourced chestnut.

Carbon offsetting

Depot has become carbon neutral by participating in a scheme to offset emissions from both its construction and ongoing operations.

Depot has worked with United Nations Association Eastbourne (UNA Eastbourne) on a comprehensive, accountable and affordable scheme which not only offsets carbon emissions, but also invests in a vital mission in Uganda to replant the remarkable Mvule tree (Melicia excelsa), an oxalogenic species which is excellent for CO2 capture. An estimated 750 tonnes of CO2e were emitted during Depot’s construction, offset by the planting of 500 Mvule trees; while the annual impact of operating the venue is more than offset by planting 480 Mvule trees each year.