Cambridgeshire independent builders’ merchant The Deepings Trading Company is supplying the materials for the sustainable refurbishment of a former public house.
Dave Tucker and his partner Allison Martin are refurbishing the former Crown and Anchor pub in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire, and turning it into a family home. In the process they are trying to make the redevelopment as carbon neutral as possible.
The two are no strangers to large refurbishment projects as in the past they sustainably redeveloped a large property in France which featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Most of the materials are being sourced from the local sustainability centre at Deepings Trading.
Tucker, who is a builder by trade is doing much of the work himself, and said: “I knew Ian Greenfield at Deepings Trading so when I found out that he had established a sustainability centre at a builders’ merchants just around the corner it made perfect sense to source as many of the materials as possible from him. Not only is Deepings Trading able to supply most of what we need to complete the refurbishment, because it’s nearby it also helps us to reduce our carbon footprint.”
The refurbishment will include Greenloft polyester loft insulation made from recycled plastic bottles. It is made from 90 per cent recycled materials and is itself fully recyclable. Tucker said: “We chose Greenloft because it performs well both thermally and acoustically and there are no floating fibres that could potentially be inhaled. Environmentally it not only helps to save energy in use, it also helps to reduce energy consumption in its manufacture because it is made from recycled materials.”
The project includes a low pitched extension which will include a sedum roof, Velux windows, sun pipes and a wood fired Rayburn for heating and cooking. The house will be lit throughout using an LED lighting system which will use the equivalent energy of just one 60 watt light bulb. A rainwater harvesting system from Deepings Trading has been installed which will supply round 60 per cent of the non-drinking water needs of the home.
Deepings Trading operations director Ian Greenfield said: “Deepings Trading is aiming to be a one-stop shop for sustainable construction needs including offering a cost effective supply and fit service that solves a lot of the confusing issues currently surrounding sustainability.
“I am delighted that Dave and Allison chose Deepings Trading to supply their sustainable materials needs and I wish them all the best in their new home when the redevelopment work is complete.”