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17th Century pub restored thanks to Grown in Britain

In a first for the construction sector, Grown in Britain is showcasing the completion of a £1.2m construction project in Bristol which sourced 95% of its hardwood from timber grown in Britain.

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Mitchells and Butlers 17th Century pub, the Ashton, suffered fire damage in June 2014 and reopened this April. Rebuilt by specialist fit-out contractor Harvey, it is clear evidence of the role the UK construction industry can play in supporting the use of British timber for the benefit of the environment, economy and society at large

Grown in Britain Chief Executive, Dougal Driver said.

“By using local wood from sustainably managed woodland the project stands out as an exemplar for the construction industry. Not only has it prevented thousands of miles in transportation of imported wood, it saved money for the client and significantly reduced the builds carbon footprint.

“There is a very strong market for quality timber within the UK construction industry and this project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with locally sourced high quality timber.”

Over 258m2 of British timber was used throughout the build all sourced from within 90 miles of the site. The wood was milled locally and manufactured by fit-out contractor Harvey in its joinery workshop in Bristol.

Steve Lodge, Dire1 Harvey_logo_shopfit_Word_6cmctor of Harvey talked about the project. “As a supporter of Grown in Britain we recognised that there was a real opportunity to deliver cost savings for Mitchells and Butlers and significantly improve the sustainability of the project.

“Unfortunately it’s very rare to see a construction project source the majority of its timber locally, but the Ashton project showcases how UK companies can play a major role in increasing the demand for British timber. It’s clear there is a real opportunity for the construction sector to make a difference to Britain’s woodlands.”

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The British timber was supplied by Grown in Britain advocate Vastern timber, one of the country’s largest English hardwood sawmills. Tom Barnes Managing Director of Vastern timber commented:

“There is a growing demand among UK consumers for British timber. Over the last four years we’ve noticed an increasing level of patriotism in the market. Buyers are more concerned with the provenance and the carbon footprint of their timber products.logo_vastern

“People are making the connection between buying British wood and the health of our native woodlands, thanks to the Grown in Britain initiative. There’s greater awareness now among buyers that British grown hardwoods are available for a wide range of furniture and construction projects, and in many cases can be the most competitive option in terms of availability and price.”