Green hub in East Budleigh set to open

PUBLISHED: 09:34 14 December 2011




A green technologies hub is on course to be completed by the end of next month.

Once completed Bicton EaRTH,at Bicton College, will provide training for businesses and communities across the South West in renewable energy technologies and environmental education.

The hub, in a renovated stable block, will provide a conference centre which will be able to hold events, seminars and education days for local businesses, schools and community groups.

And it will also double as an interpretation and information centre for sustainable technologies.

The latest stage of the development takes place tomorrow (Friday December 16) at a

‘topping out’ ceremony.

The ceremony will see Bicton principal David Henley lay a sedum vegetative roof mat

five metres above the ground over the entrance.

The roof mat is made with a mix of plants and wildflowers designed as an ecological protection layer to reduce storm water, lower carbon emissions and provide a minimal maintenance and provide a drought resistant jacket.

Graham Waddell, head of the EaRTH programme said: “Given our region’s leading position in the UK’s low carbon industries, the imminent launch of EaRTH is a real shot in the arm for specialist training provision in sustainable energy, construction and environmental technologies for businesses and young people in the South West.”

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