The local community first launched bids to fund the extension and refurbishment of the village hall in 2002. It was decided that the upgraded building should incorporate as many environmental friendly features as possible.
The resulting new hall uses recycled materials to a very large degree, including the use of recycled hemp for insulation, and recycled plastics for the underground drainage. Rainwater is collected and used in the lavatories. A zonal heating system is installed so that only the parts of the building being used are heated. Recycled aggregates were used in the foundations and all the timber comes from Forestry Stewardship Council sources.
Recycled aggregates in the access road and car park areas.
Recycled aggregates in building foundations and ground floor slab
Rainwater harvesting from the roof for use in the lavatories
Timber from Forestry Stewardship Council sources for boarding to external walls and shingles to roof covering, structural timber frame and other timber products
Powder coated aluminium rainwater gutter and down pipe systems
Recycled plastics in underground drainage pipe work
Recycled cellulose paper in external wall insulation
Hemp/recycled cotton batts to roofing insulation
Recycled wood fibre insulation boards to roofing
Water based internal paints
Excavated material arising retained on site
Project cost and Funding
The total project cost was some £ 531,000. The two largest contributors were the Big Lottery and Tewkesbury Borough Council who together made contributions in excess of £345,000.
The Committee is appreciative of both these and the many other contributions, large and small, from trusts, individuals and other sources.
A Full list of funders is available from the Chairman.