Birmingham boasts that the new landmark rail station and shopping centre development are one of the Birmingham’s greenest…reports Asian Lite news
Brummies should be proud of New Street Station as it is one of the city’s greenest developments a leading city councillor has claimed. Coun Lisa Trickett, Birmingham’s cabinet member responsible for green initiatives, believes the £750 million station and Grand Central Shopping sets a fine example for other developments, says Birmingham Mail.
More than 95 per cent of the construction material has been recycled, including 98 per cent of the 22-storey Stephenson Tower which was demolished in 2012 to make way for the new John Lewis store, reports Birmingham Mail.
Meanwhile recycled materials, such as carpet tiles made from re-used fish nets, have been used in the building.
Electricity costs are kept low by using low energy lifts, escalators, light bulbs and a combined heat and power plant which supplies surplus energy to neighbouring buildings.
Rainwater is also collected for use in flushing toilets, while the natural light and ventilation keeps heating or air conditioning costs down.
Coun Tricket (Lab, Moseley and Kings Heath) told Birmingam Mail, “The New Street gateway project is something Birmingham can be proud of from an economic, social and environmental perspective – making the project truly sustainable in all senses of the word.
“Overall, the project met its aim to recycle or re-use a minimum of 95 per cent of non-hazardous waste material.
“Another thing not many people would have realised was the fact that every week during construction, a special train made two journeys into the construction site from a logistics depot in Bordesley, keeping 10,000 lorry journeys off the city’s roads throughout the li