Bradford site for largest straw bale building

Bradford is to see the development of a £4 million business park which will feature Europe's largest straw bale panel constructed buildings.

Inspire Bradford Business Park will be built on a brownfield site close to Eccleshill Community Hospital.

It will be owned and managed by the Newlands Community Association (NCA). The NCA provides a range of activities covering training, education, care and socialising across six separate locations.

The buildings will be built according to the latest sustainable construction standards to achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating, including utilising thermally efficient, one metre thick straw bale wall panels.

Sustainable features of the business park include a ground-source heat pump and a rainwater catchment reservoir which will supply lavatories and water for plants within the building.

Photovoltaic cells in the roof will also create energy and wooden fittings and carpets will be made from recycled material.

Construction of the development is planned to start in April 2011 and due to be completed early next year.

Alison Brown

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