We expect our new meeting, dining and event space on the first floor of our buiding at 54 Staniforth Road (S9 3HB) to be complete in April 2017.
Throughout the planning process we have worked closely with our Sheffield based architects, Burnell Briercliffe, to make the refurbishment as environmentally sound as possible. Considerations of sustainability are a key part of our core values and we wanted to carefully consider each step of the process from the demolition to the choice of materials used as well as aspects of the levels of insulation and on going impacts of each material chosen.
Talking of insulation we are installing a considerable amount to make the space much more efficient to heat. We have chosen a product from Natural Building Technologies which is actually carbon negative in its manufacture.
Only wood from indigenous forests are used principally sawmill offcuts. Preference is given to wood from sustainable and socially acceptable sources. All the wood used is purchased within the European region, makes a significant contribution to a sustainable, ecological forestry industry.
Improving the insulation to this level will significantly reduce the gas required to operate the central heating meaning less radiators too. In fact we are recycling the existing radiators rather than having to scrap these avoiding waste.
The electrical demand will be minimised by the use of LED lighting throughout and energy efficient applicances along with movement sensor switches - chefs never turn off lights!
So with our Sheffield made tables (from re-used pallets) and 37 solar panels we are keeping things local and low impact.