Ebbw Vale councillors highlight sustainability
Councillors in Ebbw Vale have highlighted the importance of sustainability during the redevelopment of the town’s steelworks site.
Many new homes and businesses have been created on the site since its closure in 2002, with an emphasis on sustainable building practices. Now, project director Richard Crook has announced that developers should be doing more to ensure that the new projects are doing their bit for the environment.He told walesonline.co.uk: “We have always said we were going to be sustainable. We can’t expect developers to act sustainably if we are not being sustainable ourselves.
“We made our intent very clear and said we would recycle everything on site. Where we had areas of contamination resulting from hydrocarbons we have dealt with them on site.”
In order to maximise sustainability within the 200-acre site, Crook may want to consider commissioning the addition of exterior cladding to all new buildings.
By fitting steel roof or wall cladding systems with adequate insulation and maximum air-tightness to the buildings, energy bills can be reduced allowing for a more eco-friendly neighbourhood.
As well as constructing greener buildings on the site, developers have replaced concrete with soil and have planted around 12,000 trees.
The South Wales Argus recently reported that a sustainable sports centre on the site has just been given the go-ahead by councillors.
Other developments for the site include education facilities, cafes and a recently finished hospital.