Free The Spirit project in Luton, Beds.
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sat Feb 25 22:23:41 GMT 2012
What is Free The Spirit and what are the plans?
Free The Spirit is a project to create an
alternative way of life in Luton and
Bedfordshire, based on the freedom to work, rest
and play in a non commercial, not for private profit environment.
Where is the site for Free The Spirit and how will it look?
The plan is to set up community ownership and use
of the disused chalk pits at Upper Sundon, Luton.
The Free the Spirit Festival centre will provide
a permanent venue for hosting monthly community
music and arts festivals, as well as a wide range
of outdoor activities and projects.
Layout and infrastructure
The sub terrain of the festival site is already
designed to take whatever nature can throw at it,
and we will benefit from the fact that this is
going to be a permanent feature. With the
installation of a comprehensive network of french
drains, soak-away trenchs and soil removal
systems we can enjoy the true spirit of the
festival without sacrificing comfort and sanitation.
French drain system
A French drain system will be installed to area,s
A1 A15 capable of removing as much water as the
worst storm in 100 years could deliver to the
site. This is a herringbone design with spines
connected to the surface water soak away network.
Surface water soak-away network
A network of soak away channels will be installed
mainly following the line of the paths to collect
the water from the paths and the French drain spines.
Aquacell soak-away pit
A huge soak-away pit is to be installed under the
main arena for the collection of surface water
from the surface water soak-away network.
Soil pumping station + concrete chamber
The site is fitted with a pumping station fed by
a conclusive soil drainage network which can
remove all waste and soil to the local sewage
network with a view to installing large scale
composting systems for the future. The initial
system can cope in the event of a total failure
preventing any soil contamination within the site at any time.
Soil drainage network
The soil drainage network is installed to collect
foul and waste water from all the toilets and for
waste from food venues and smaller music venues.
Paths and roads
A special surface material will be used for road
and path surfaces called Breedon this is strong
enough for a fire engine to drive on and smooth
enough for a wheel chair to roll over yet
maintaining the look and feel of a natural pathway.
Initially the site will be powered by 2 heavy
duty generators with a definitive plan to move
toward carbon free natural energy over the
following years built in to the running costs.
The entire water supply for the site will be
supplied from a single bore whole and a UV water
purification system in conjunction with 2 very
large water tanks delivering the purest water
free from chlorine and
Detailed images and plans of the layout and infrastructure
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