Demolition smashes recycling targets ahead of new homes

Fort Road

The demolition of disused offices in Newhaven to make way for 13 new affordable homes has achieved unprecedented recycling success.

Some 98.71% of demolition waste from Lewes District Council’s development in Fort Road has been recycled or reused, with only 1.29% sent to landfill. The recycling figure includes 30 tonnes of clean demolition hard core, 40 tonnes of reclaimed bricks, three tonnes of clean timber and a tonne of glass.

Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and part of the Co-operative Alliance at Lewes District Council, praised the contractor that carried out this part of the project, saying: “This is a fantastic effort by OSM Construction and one we hope will be replicated across other developments.

“Reusing materials and encouraging the circular economy is a big part of our sustainability agenda and our drive to net zero carbon by 2030.”

Once this phase is complete, six two-bedroom and seven one-bedroom apartments will be built on the site using a pioneering modular system.

All of the new homes are set to benefit from a range of sustainability features including the latest solar panels that will feed the energy into hi-tech batteries, effectively taking the homes ‘off-grid’, potentially for up to three months of the year.

Boutique Modern, a specialist manufacturer of modular homes in Newhaven, will supply the homes. The firm designs and builds the properties in their local factory before moving them to the site for installation.

Published on 1 November, 2019