As a company we are committed to reducing our environmental impact as we source up to 70% of our raw materials locally and any waste that occurs as part of the manufacturing process is put through our shredder and briquette press which allows us to run our boiler. We have been fortunate that in our time in business, we have been able to be part of projects that share this commitment.
One project we are especially proud to be associated with is the fixed tiering and seating we provided for Jodrell Bank Council Chambers in Cheshire.
We produced 106 bespoke, individual chairs which also featured a writing desk which retracted into the modesty panel in front of the chairs. The chairs were created especially for the project but we now include them in our product range. The seat and back are based on one of our existing models but have been customized by the client. The arms are veneered plywood and extend down to make it into a boxed end panel and the seat numbers have been embroidered into the top of each seat.
Our work on this was part of a £16.5 million extension to the site’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) headquarters. The council chamber will host representatives of the organisation’s member states, whilst also doubling as an auditorium for science conferences and public lectures.
What is the Square Kilometre Array?
This is the largest radio telescope ever seen on earth. The decision was made in 2015 to formally announce the Cheshire site as the SKA Global headquarters (and thus, the home of radio astronomy.) The Office for SKA organisation is responsible for co-ordinating the global activities of the SKA project. This includes engineering, science, site evaluation, operations and public outreach.
We are proud to have been a part of this project, not just for the prestigious nature of the building, but also because the architects and construction teams have sought to reduce the environmental impact of the building wherever possible. The list below outlines the main areas that have been addressed:
- Abundance of natural light due to the huge glass façade
- Every effort has been made to ensure the ventilation, lighting and heating systems are as energy efficient as possible
- 40% target reduction in water consumption
- 25% of construction materials from recycled or reused content
- Dark sky compliant lighting
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