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Village Underground, UK

Village Underground is an East London-based music venue described as part creative community, part arts venue. Built as a warehouse in the 1880s, it has undergone various refurbishments over the years, with everything bar its exterior four walls being renovated. With a capacity of 720, Village Underground hosts a variety of events from club nights to theatre and art exhibitions. Village Underground also accommodates up to 50 artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, VJs, and musicians in a variety of unique creative spaces including recycled London Underground Jubilee line train carriages and shipping containers.

As well as being a cultural hub, Village Underground also describes itself as an ecological project. Its 24 PV solar panels generate 4.92 kW peak and create enough energy to run all Village Underground lighting and office equipment. The remaining electricity is supplied by Ecotricity who provide 100% green tariff energy largely derived from wind turbines. The venue is furnished with reclaimed materials and furniture, from staircases and flooring to the recycled trains and shipping containers.

The living roof increases biodiversity, dampens concert noise, reduces urban heat, absorbs carbon emissions and provides insulation, cutting fuel consumption and minimising environmental impact.

Village Underground has undertaken a range of energy saving measures including infrared heating in offices; low-energy office lighting; and using LED lighting in the entrance, as emergency lighting throughout the building, and as the majority of stage lighting. It does not utilise hot water or air conditioning and the space has been designed to maximise the use of natural light.

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Highlights


Solar

24 PV solar panels generate 4.92 kWp (kilowatt peak) and run all of Village Underground’s lighting and office equipment.


Grid/Mains

What it cannot cover through its on-site solar energy installation, Village Underground covers through a green tariff from supplier Ecotricity, who provide 100% green tariff energy largely derived from wind turbines.


Lighting

Village Underground has been designed to maximise the use of natural light. The venue has also installed low-energy office lighting and utilises LED lighting in the entrance, as emergency lighting throughout the building, and as the majority of stage lighting.



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