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Whitehaven's North Shore scheme aims to be green

Published on: Friday 29th June 2018

Property developers BEC is a step nearer to delivering a landmark eco-building scheme in West Cumbria.

The North Shore project would turn Whitehaven’s harbour front into a sustainable development that strives to be zero net carbon.

BEC, based in Cleator Moor, has appointed specialist sustainable development and energy advisors SUSTaim and Sonas Energy to develop a masterplan for the development, which would feature buildings capable of generating renewable energy and other inventive energy efficiency measures.

Michael Pemberton, BEC chief executive, said: “Building and construction is one of the most polluting industries, and we believe we have a responsibility as developers to ensure that any buildings we bring forward have a neutral or positive carbon impact.

“Our aim to have zero net carbon buildings at North Shore is bold and ambitious, but we are committed to exploring every option to get us there. Our appointment of SUSTaim Ltd and Sonas Energy is a critical first step for this.”

The scheme, being developed with partners including Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners and Copeland Borough Council, proposes a four-star hotel, multi-storey car park and 75,000sq ft of office development.

Current projects will see the delivery of a mixed-use office, start-up and innovator facility with supporting artisan eatery.

Further road upgrades are also ongoing in partnership with Cumbria County Council.

BEC had tender applications from all across the country and the Scottish microbusiness collaboration SUSTaim Ltd and Sonas Energy beat eight other companies to win the master planning contract.

John Easton, managing director of SUSTaim, said: “We have been greatly impressed by the how seriously BEC considers sustainability in what they plan and do, and their eagerness to do more.

“We are also pleased to see the depth of engagement with the local community, providing an opportunity for everyone to join them in the journey toward social and economic sustainability, as well as its more obvious environmental aspect.

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BEC's commitment to zero net carbon

Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) is a commercial organisation that specialises in owning, operating, developing and regenerating property.

BEC uses its commercial knowledge and skill-set to generate profit surplus, which it then ploughs back in to projects in the districts of Copeland and Allerdale, particularly those related to low carbon energy.

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