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The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia

Morgan Sindall Plc was commissioned to build The Enterprise Centre, the United Kingdom’s greenest commercial building, for the University of East Anglia and the Adapt Low Carbon Group.

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Cygnum Timber Frame Ltd was subcontracted to construct the structure frame, a proportion which was sourced locally from Thetford Forest.

This Enterprise Centre project is the first of its kind in Britain and it has been constructed using the lowest possible embodied carbon. The means the amount of energy being used to build the project is kept to an absolute minimum. Walls that are made of thatch and wooden bicycle racks made from decking, highlights the sourcing of natural, renewable and local materials.

The Enterprise Centre and Mantis Cranes

Mantis Cranes Ltd supplied an IGO 50 Self Erecting Tower Crane, powered by a low emissions generator. it was commented by on site personnel that the IGO 50 was “absolutely the right tool for the job”. The IGO 50 contributed to achieving the core objectives of the project, while providing an effective materials handling solution. Mantis Cranes Ltd are delighted to be involved in such a unique and innovative project.

This project underlines the additional benefits of Pedestrian Operated Tower Cranes. The Self Erecting Tower Crane is extremely low in terms of carbon emissions in comparison to other material handling solutions such as mobile cranes or telehandler.

By using radio remote control the operator was able to be at point of delivery at all times and thus eliminating the need for an additional banksman. This improved efficiency led to reduced embodied carbon when factors such as reduced number of people traveling to site and onsite wastage are factored into account.



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