Opening of Halton Mill

31 Aug 13
North West
Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 6ND
Energy type:
Hydro, Solar
Event type:
Activity, Open day, Tour
This is a past event, you can no longer book tickets.
Halton Mill is a new low carbon workspace with a community feel in Halton, Lancashire. Based in a historical industrial building on the banks of the River Lune, it offers a vibrant and inspiring environment in which small businesses, social enterprises, community based organisations, artists, craftspeople, and freelancers can flourish. It aims to minimise the environmental impact of working activities and to encourage the sharing of resources, skills, opportunities, ideas and facilities.  
Halton Mill is owned by Lancaster Cohousing. The ambition for the cohousing community and the Mill is that it will be be powered directly from community owned renewable sources. This should be achieved by the end of 2014. The Mill/Lancaster Cohousing complex has its own 'private wire' network. There is a 28kWp array of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Mill, owned by Morecambe Bay Community Renewables, which also owns solar PV panels on the Cohousing homes.  Halton Mill is working with Halton Lune Hydro, a local community energy group, to construct a micro hydro scheme on a local weir which should start generating in 2014.
Halton Mill and Lancaster Cohousing have a District Heating system powered by a wood chip boiler and providing space heating and hot water to 41 homes and the mill building. There is also a solar hot water system on the mill roof. The mill has an 'A' Energy Performance certificate and the Cohousing project recently won a Passivhaus Trust Award and is currently the largest completed Passivhaus housing development in the UK, and also meets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6. 
This event will include tours of both Halton Mill and Lancaster Cohousing
Elephant rides (for small children only), magician, refreshments and more! View the event poster here.
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