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35 tonnes of wood recycled from Circus Street

The Circus Street construction and development team in Brighton is celebrating diverting nearly 35 tonnes of wood waste for reuse or recycling from their site in central Brighton, working with Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project.

“As we reach half way in the construction of the Circus Street development, we are proud to have achieved this major milestone in terms of recycling and want to thank our partners, Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling, for encouraging and helping us to recycle so much – we will continue to work with them throughout the project,” said Chris Sloan, Project Director from Henry Construction.

Richard Mehmed, Founder of Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project said, “Our not-for-profit social enterprise has been saving resources and creating jobs since 1998 and we are delighted to be working with Henry Construction and developers U+I to help make this a real beacon of sustainability in the construction sector.”

“The 34.7 tonnes of rescued wood has been used in local DIY projects and made into a wide range of products, reducing the use of imported virgin timber, saving carbon and providing life-changing training and work experience for local people.”

All the building structures at the Circus Street are now complete, with the exception of the office block and internal fit out is underway in the student accommodation blocks. The residential blocks have windows and cladding being installed and the first buildings will be ready for completion in spring next year.

The Dance Space building works are on programme with an expected completion in autumn 2019 and the whole site is expected to be completed in spring 2020.

“We are achieving our goals to support local employment and 21 per cent of the workforce at Circus Street are currently locals – 128 people in total,” said Karen McCormick, Development Director from U&I Plc, developers behind the scheme.

“There are currently four apprentices employed on site in conjunction with Brighton & Hove City Council; and we have appointed local company Promep to carry out mechanical and electrical works.”

250,000 bricks used in the site come from Michelmersh Brick Holdings in West Sussex; 45 per cent of the concrete is made using locally sourced aggregate from Cemex in Shoreham.

Circus Street will include The Dance Space, a new home for South East Dance, alongside 142 new homes, including 28 affordable homes, 450 student bedrooms in managed student halls of residence and 30,000 sq ft of new office space.

Reuseable timber is for sale at the local Wood Store shops www.woodrecygling.org.uk