Just like any other building during demolition stage, materials and elements are often destined for landfill as their lease of life is considered to be over, to make way for new and modernistic materials. Working in partnership with Sir Robert McAlpine, British Land, architects Scott Whitby Studio and the University of East London, Avondale Construction worked on a project to design and build a welfare facility utilising materials and elements recycled from site.
As part of the Broadgate development, British Land and GIC’s exciting mixed-use development to refurbish 1 Finsbury Avenue into an office, leisure and retail space is now underway. As part of this project a competition was launched with the University of East London to design a new welfare space utilising recycled material from the buildings being demolished.
Various ideas were developed, canteen tables and seating were fabricated from discarded timber doors, reception desks, turnstiles and quarry tiles were all repurposed, but more notably, one of the major student recycling proposal designs was to transform discarded fire doors into a ‘door wall partition’. Old lighting fixtures were also reconfigured to create ‘lighting clouds’.
The finished product is now an impressive and unique facility which provides practical welfare for workers on site and leads the way to more sustainable and creative ways of building.
Nick Curran Managing Director of Avondale Construction states:
“We feel privileged to have worked on this project. The future of our industry depends on organisations working together in more innovative and creative ways to ensure we are driving forward the sustainability agenda.”