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Building work on Huntingdon Town Council’s innovative new crematorium that will home the first all-electric, carbon neutral cremator in the UK has begun.
The £7m project comprises of a Crematorium building, café/function building, a cemetery that will provide over 2,000 spaces and a depot building and for the Town Council.
There will also be a glasshouse that utilises waste heat from the cremators to allow plant production all year round for the town of Huntingdon.
Rainwater will be harvested to water the plants on site, with solar panels installed on the building to generate electricity which, in turn, will charge the battery-operated maintenance equipment and on-site vehicle charging.
The composting of flowers, grass cuttings and hedge trimmings will be undertaken on site using an ‘eco-green composter’, with the compost used across the town’s flower beds and for growing plants.
Huntingdon Town Council and The CDS Group have appointed MAC Construction Consultants to oversee the Project Management, Cost Management and Environment, Health and Safety elements of the construction.
Philip Peacock, Town Clerk from Huntingdon Town Council commented: “After spending five years establishing a suitable site for this ground-breaking project, it is fantastic to see this milestone reached meaning we are one step closer to its completion.
“We are working closely with the MAC team to ensure that we are able to use the most innovative technologies to make this an environmentally viable and sustainable option.”
Giles Witheat, Director at MAC added: “This development is a really important one for the local area and the council’s responsible approach to ensuring all elements from landscaping to safety are considered is really encouraging.
“Working on such a ground-breaking project that will develop the first all-electric cremators in the UK is a real honour for us as a team.”
Construction work has commenced on a mixed-use development on Bengal Street in the Ancoats area of Manchester.
The scheme is being developed by Northern Group and will provide high-quality office space across the ground, first and second floor of the building, 75 apartments from the third to the eighth floor, being complemented by a shared roof top terrace and basement level parking.
MAC Construction Consultants have been appointed as Quantity Surveyors on the project; currently overseeing the piling, groundworks, drainage, and frame packages of the development which are being carried out as a single package by Contractor JRL.
Alex Laycock, Director at MAC Construction Consultants commented: “Thanks to the hard work of the wider professional team, work is now underway on the formerly disused site at Bengal Street.
“Having successfully completed a number of residential schemes in Ancoats, and across the North of Manchester, the MAC team is delighted to be appointed on this project.”
As the situation relating to COVID-19 continues to evolve we wanted to provide an update to all of our clients.
As of today – March 17th, 2020 – All MAC Construction offices across the country (Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Sheffield) remain open. We have advised our teams to work from home where possible and to utilise our video conferencing where appropriate. We are still attending our construction sites if video conference is not appropriate.
We continue to monitor the situation and the associated government advice and will continue to update clients should things change.
If any clients have any concerns about scheduled meetings or how this may affect any projects, please contact the team.
Each office has a contingency plan in place in case the advice from the Government changes.
MAC joins high profile guests to celebrate the completion of Britain’s biggest new attraction
The Silverstone Experience, a new British motor sport and engineering visitor attraction in Northamptonshire, was officially opened by The Duke of Sussex and six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton MBE.
Based at the Silverstone circuit, the facility will be a new hub for motor sport fans serving as a home for the British Racing Drivers’ Club Archive, displaying historic artefacts and collections that will help tell the story of the history of Silverstone & motorsport and which will also inspire the next generation of engineers and motorsport participants.
Silverstone Heritage Ltd have spent seven years working on this project, which transformed a former WWII RAF Hangar, through the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
They expect the state-of-the-art facility will be visited by more than 400,000 visitors annually.
MAC Construction Consultants were appointed to oversee the construction of the museum which includes education, office, retail and a café space.
Sally Reynolds, CEO of Silverstone Heritage Ltd, said: “I’m very grateful for the support of the Duke of Sussex, Lewis Hamilton and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Silverstone Experience is much more than just a world-class museum.
“We are able to both protect the heritage of British motorsport and to use that heritage to engage with both young and old visitors by telling hundreds of compelling stories within the exhibition.”
Lee Butler from MAC Construction, who was appointed as Project & Cost Manager and Contract Administrator on the project, attended the evening and commented: “It’s been an honour for the team to be involved in a truly inspiring and incredible development that can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.
“It’s been two years since Prince Harry officially launched the construction of the project and today, after some incredibly tough & unique challenges, we are able to celebrate the launch of this attraction and the hard work and efforts of the entire project team, none more so than Sally and her colleagues at Silverstone Heritage Ltd.”
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