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29 Jul 2016

Man caves

Blogging is a strange occupation. One idea leads to another and before you know it, the blog takes on a life of its own and appears before your eyes. A bit like painting a picture. I can’t remember where I got the idea for this blog, but it has definitely grown legs. Why...
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08 Apr 2016

Breaking the ice: Conserving the Antarctic buildings

The heroic age of polar exploration is rightly named; epitomised by Amundsen and Scott racing to the South Pole in 1911 and later in 1914 the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton that saw the loss of his ship, the Endurance, and subsequently the most enduring story...
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15 Dec 2015

A workplace designed for well-being and creativity – Coca-Cola France’s BREEAM Outstanding headquarters at Noda, Paris

With innovation at the heart of its DNA, Coca-Cola France considered sustainability, well-being and creativity as the priorities for the fit-out of its new headquarters office space in Paris. In January 2015, Coca Cola Entreprise and Coca-Cola France moved into Noda, a 22,100...
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25 Sep 2015

People and places: The Hive, Worcester

Collaboration between Worcester County Council and the University of Worcester has led to the development of a library that is capable of serving both the general public as well a university. Both parties instilled a strong sense of learning, innovation and sustainability right...
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25 Sep 2015

Inspiring Places: National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

The National Botanic Garden of Wales embraces a self-imposed mission to inspire, educate and conserve. After talking with Nancy, the Education Development Officer at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, it quickly became evident the passion which the Garden has for educating the...
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25 Sep 2015

Preserving our planet: Materials Recycling Facility, Milton Keynes

It may not be the prettiest day trip, but educating the youth of today on the issues surrounding waste is an important and necessary task. The problems related to waste are becoming increasingly apparent as time goes by. In 2012 the UK produced 26.4 million tonnes of waste from...
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25 Sep 2015

People & Places: RSPB Saltholme Visitors Centre, Teesside

RSPB Saltholme Visitor Centre provides a beautiful wildlife viewing experience, on a former industrial site. The Centre was designed to promote sustainable practice as well as encourage visitors to learn more about sustainability. This is definitely portrayed in the final design...
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25 Sep 2015

Energy & Climate: Electric Mountain, Llanberis

  This is not a new concept, but definitely one still worth shouting about! Situated within the Elidir Mountain in North Wales is Dinorwig, the largest pumped storage hydro-electric power station in Europe. Pumped storage enables the National Grid to store energy during...
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25 Sep 2015

Inspiring places: Chiltern Hills Gateway Centre

The centre is located in the beautiful Chiltern Hills at Dunstable Downs and provides a unique experience and facilities for those visiting the Chiltern Hills landscape. Commissioned by Bedfordshire County Council in partnership with The National Trust, the centre replaced an...
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25 Sep 2015

Inspiring places: The Sky Garden

This week the ‘Sky Garden’ on 20 Fenchurch Street was opened to the public. Billed as the “UK’s tallest public park” the garden offers uninterrupted views across London, from the 35th floor of London’s newest iconic skyscrapper. Designed by renowned Uruguayan architect Rafae...
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