Boss speaks of pride in Eco Centre

a CONSTRUCTION boss has spoken of his pride in his company’s latest and greenest project to date – a new eco-centre for the county.

Ashover-based Wildgoose Construction was the main contractor for the new facility situated next to The National Stone Centre in Wirksworth.

The £1.3m project for Derbyshire County Council will be the county hub for courses and activities focusing on education for sustainable development.

Managing director Tim Walker said: “The design is stunning, the build methods challenging and the technology incorporated into the building, cutting edge.

“We are very proud to have delivered the construction to our client’s satisfaction.”

He added: “It was particularly pleasing having completed this exciting and innovative project to then receive confirmation that it had achieved a BRE Environmental Assessment Method rating of excellent.”

The centre was constructed using Derbyshire gritstone and limestone, sustainable methods, materials and technology including rainwater harvesting, air source heat pump, solar panels and a living green roof, with 16 different wild flower species and five native grasses.

Heritage building skills, renewable energy and arts and crafts are among the course on offer at the centre, on Porter Lane.