Bridge 5 Mill - Manchester Environmental Resource Centre Initiative (MERCI)
Bridge 5 Mill, Manchesterís new environmental resource centre, is based, as the name suggests, in an old converted mill, in the Ancoats district of Manchester. The development of the project has been, in itself, a remarkable achievement and an example of the sheer dedication of the activists whose brainchild it was. The adherance to ecological principles during its renovation has also been impressive.
Green Building Store and its sister company Green Building Company (previously Slator Butcher Construction) have both been involved in the project at its various stages. Green Building Company was involved in a two-year contract at the site, overseeing building work and training and supervising 16 New Deal building apprentices from the local area.
Environmental aspects of the renovation included: the widespread use of reclaimed materials, including timber from demolished buildings; minimisation of construction waste on site; avoidance of the use of PVC in the building; installation of low-flush toilets and use of a variety of types of eco-friendly insulation. Green Building Store provided many of the building materials used during the development, including Ecoplus System windows, Lindab guttering, as well as boron-based timber preservatives.
For more information on the MERCI project and Bridge 5 Mill, go to www.bridge-5.org.