St Austell – Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust (CSBT) is delighted to announce the official breaking ground on the site of its £1.4 million Green Build Hub (GBH) at a ceremony on October 7. This unique project has been made possible thanks to an investment of £1.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme. Local and regional officials will join investment and development partners for the start of this project, to be constructed using ground-breaking techniques and materials, which will provide innovative companies with a test bed and demonstration site for their products.
Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust CEO, Paul Bright, will kick off the ceremony by talking about the impact this development will have on the community. As he highlights:
“This is an exciting time for CSBT and Cornwall to lead the way in sustainable construction. The Green Build Hub provides Cornwall with the opportunity to showcase a whole range of sustainable building technologies, innovation and best practice, available to both those working in construction and the general public”.
Paul will be breaking ground with a representative of another CSBT European project – Low Impact Building with Natural Materials (LIBNAM) – Stephanie Geslot of Pay de Fougeres, who is involved in the construction of a similar innovative build in France named Ecobatys.
GBH will be a ‘living laboratory’ where eco-building products will be installed, tested and monitored to produce objective and comprehensive performance data in a real building setting. The building will serve as a distinctive training centre, and encourage inward investment by companies such as specialist green suppliers by enabling them to showcase and test innovative products within the building. This BREAAM ‘Outstanding’ building located at the Eden Project, tangibly demonstrates what can and is being done in Cornwall. GBH will act as a key resource of specialist green building knowledge, enhancing the region’s expertise.
GBH has an exceptional design team including Gilbert & Goode Ltd, Ward Williams Associates, PBWC Architects, Hoare Lea, CDEC Ltd and TClarke Ltd. Many local organisations, financial institutions and government leaders have also played a key role in developing this project. Input from collaborators, designers and staff has shaped the GBH design from initial concept and there are still many opportunities for local companies to be involved.
Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme said: “The location of our region is a distinct advantage for future growth within the green and marine sectors. The construction of the GBH at Eden will support businesses in the sector by allowing them engage with the latest innovations, knowledge and support, whilst offering opportunities for high level skills which will benefit the wider business community.”
According to Constructing Excellence buildings collectively account for around half the UK national output of carbon dioxide emissions. Only last month World Green Building Week saw world leaders raising the profile of climate issues and the imperative balance to be struck between tackling problems in a tangible manner, whilst continuing growth and development. Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust believes that sustainable construction has a significant role to play in realising this goal.
Expected completion date of the Green Build Hub is June 2015.