Friday, September 29, 2006

Mill bricks get reused by Asda

Photo: Dawn Cotton Mill as it was in July 2006 at commencement of demolition by D Hughes Demolition. [Photo: Wikipedia

Video: A video showing demolition of the north-east goods lift tower. [Video: Sunset on the Dawn

Oldham, Lancashire UK - DAWN Mill in Shaw is being demolished to allow the building of a new 35,000 square foot Asda store. Bricks are being salvaged from the 1900 cotton mill, some of which are being reused in the new eco-friendly timber-framed store located in Shaw.

1. The eco-friendly timber frame is certified by the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). Asda's press release says: The UK Timber Frame Association believes that timber is, without question, the most environmentally acceptable material used in modern construction. No alternative material offers the same unique combination of environmental benefits: natural, organic and non-toxic; recyclable, biodegradable and waste efficient; renewable – for instance, European softwood plantations are currently in surplus production with standing stocks of timber increasing annually by 252 million m3 - almost 30 times the UK annual consumption of wood (source UN-ECE FAO TBFRA 2000).
2. We have asked Asda for more information about the number of bricks salvaged and reused, and will post any reply here.

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