Trees planted to offset leisure centre build carbon footprint

Published: Friday, 18th January 2019

100 trees have been planted to create a new woodland area in Braywick Park.

The sapling trees have been planted behind the new Braywick Leisure Centre, which is currently under construction, and will offset the carbon emissions generated by the build. 

The new trees will also aid the creation of a new woodland wildlife habitat and all the trees planted are native British species including Silver Birch, Grey Willow, Whitebeam, Hazel and Hawthorn. 

The trees were planted at a ceremony attended by local volunteers plus Cllr Samantha Rayner, Andy Wates director of Wates Construction and Alec Jackman, business unit director at Wates Construction. 

Cllr Samantha Rayner, lead member for culture and communities at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead said: “Ensuring our developments are as environmentally friendly as possible is one of our top priorities.

“The planting of these trees will offset the carbon emissions created by the construction of the new Braywick Leisure Centre while also creating a new green space for residents and wildlife to enjoy.”

Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction, said: “This tree planting initiative is yet another way in which we can utilise our presence in the Royal Borough for the benefit of its people and places. 

“This new area of woodland will continue to flourish long after construction has completed, resulting in a new habitat for local wildlife and offsetting the carbon emissions created while on site.”

As well as the sapling trees, the building work on the new Braywick Leisure Centre has taken a step forward with the foundation floor for the pool now in place. 

Cllr Rayner continued: “The Braywick Leisure Centre build is now well underway and it’s wonderful to see the build progress.

“With the foundation floor of the pool now in place you can really see the scale of the new centre which will provide residents with leisure centre facilities fit for the 21st century.” 

The Braywick build, which began last October will see a brand new leisure facility to replace the 40-year-old Magnet Leisure Centre. The new centre will boast a 10-lane swimming pool, larger training and splash pools, a larger sports hall, a 200-station gym and four squash courts. The scheme which will improve disability access and double the numbers for car parking, will also use 70% less energy than the existing Magnet Leisure Centre.

Works at the Braywick Leisure Centre are being carried out by Wates on behalf of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead via Major Works - UK, part of Scape’s National Construction framework. The framework has been designed to deliver significant levels of local economic engagement, ongoing apprenticeship schemes, as well as extensive community initiatives.


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