Green community centre opened by Andrew Lansley
A new state-of-the-art green community building in East Anglia has opened its doors, greenbuildingpress.co.uk reports.
The Gamlingay Eco Hub benefits from a list of high-end heating measures including photovoltaic solar panels and heat pump technology, but has also been laid out inside to make the most of the heat – as well as to keep energy bills down.
Eye-catching wall cladding
Outside, the building has been finished off with eye-catching and energy-efficient red wall cladding. It also has windows that are tilted to catch the most sunlight during winter months and a Ground Source Heat System.
Those who were familiar with the old building have also been accounted for, with the new developments designed to “wrap around” what was already there; giving it a familiar feel but still implementing the new green features.
The new building was officially opened by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the chair of the Community Centre Management Committee, John Mercer, said:
“Building the hub has been a truly local-effort – we have used local builders, craftsmen and materials and many local businesses have supported us with materials and money.”
“We have had massive support within the village with volunteers giving their time and expertise to help keep the building project on track. It takes a lot of effort to deliver a building like this and we had a lot of help from the people of Gamlingay,”
he added, cited by itv.com.