In 2009, we helped build on one of the most environmentally friendly community centres in the UK, using a sustainable straw bale construction.

Built around a timber frame, the 25kg straw bales eliminated the need for insulation, reduced heating costs and provided excellent sound proofing. They also helped reduce costs on a build that was only possible through fundraising events organised by the villagers.

This 180sqm centre used low energy technologies such as ground-source heat pumps and sustainable elements including a sloped sedum roof. Unique was the involvement from community volunteers, who helped move 1000 of the straw bales onto the site, learning to stack and later render the walls too.

To read more about our focus on sustainability and our road map to Net Zero see: