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19.11.03
Callington green workshops preview

Businesses, schoolchildren and the public are being invited to a special preview of new environmentally friendly workshops and offices in Callington.

The workshops have received investment of £176,575 from the Objective One European Regional Development Fund and £216,654 from Caradon District Council. Cornish firm H20K designed the environmental systems, while local contractor Minerva (SW) Ltd constructed the buildings.

The unique scheme has attracted national interest, recently featuring on Radio Four's You and Yours programme. Now the new units at Moss Side Industrial Estate will be on show to the public on Friday 28 November to allow local people to view the green features at Caradon District Council's latest business development.

Caradon's Chairman Councillor Kathleen Pascoe, who also represents the Callington ward, said: "As our Beacon Council status for Supporting the Rural Economy shows, we're serious about helping local businesses get started and grow, but that doesn't have to be at the expense of our distinctive environment. The sustainable features in the Moss Side workshops make good business sense as they will cut energy costs substantially."

The new building houses six workshops and seven offices that will be let to small businesses later in the year. The development includes an impressive range of green features such as:

An earth energy ducted air heating and cooling system for the offices and similar systems for each workshop. The system includes four 70m deep boreholes.
A wind-dam electricity generator unit to provide the bulk of the electricity needs for the site with any excess electricity being sold back to the National Grid.
Energy efficient lighting with movement and daylight sensors.
Lantern lights to make the most of natural daylight and create a more pleasant working environment.
Carpets made from recycled materials.

The building also fully caters for the needs of disabled workers. Both of the shared kitchens have electrically operated height adjustable sinks and worktops so that they are in easy reach of wheelchair users. Two of the scheme's toilets have disabled provision, and six of the car parking spaces are designed for disabled drivers.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the workshops any time from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm on 28 November to see the green features, meet the Caradon staff involved in the project and find out more about sustainable energy systems.

Media enquiries contact:
Brian Wright, Architecture and Projects Manager on 01579 341332

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Editor's notes:

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) helps reduce the gap between development levels and living standards among the regions and the extent to which least-favoured regions are lagging behind. It also helps redress the main regional imbalances in the Community by participating in the development and structural adjustment of regions whose development is lagging behind and the economic and social conversion of regions.

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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