Solar panels installed on the new Five Valleys Medical Center

The Five Valleys shopping center is stepping up its sustainable development approach with a major investment in solar panels.

Solar panels have now been installed on the roof of the new medical centre, which is due to open in September.

The project will create a new £6.5million town center for two of the town’s GP practices, Locking Hill Surgery and Stroud Valleys Family Practice, as well as a pharmacy, library and additional space for a range of other care providers and complementary services.

Meanwhile, a revolutionary 50kW air source hybrid heat pump system has been installed in the building which converts humidity in the air into heating and cooling for the building, meaning zero carbon is used.

The popular retail destination, which is currently undergoing a massive multi-million pound makeover, has already made huge strides in boosting its green credentials by recycling and reusing an average of 90-95% of waste from the center to using the scoops on site.

Solar panels on the roof of the new medical center

In addition to this, the center installed Instavolt charging stations in the car park in 2019 and motion-sensing LED lighting throughout the center.

Jessica Derham, Center Director at Five Valleys, said, “Fostering sustainability and becoming a green center is a key priority for us here at Five Valleys.

“Our retailers and traders are focused on achieving their own green goals and it is crucial that we support them in this.”

Traders in the indoor market in the center are making several efforts to reduce their impact as much as possible by separating waste responsibly, using recyclable paper cups and take-out boxes made of cardboard, bamboo, wood or plastic cutlery recycled and reducing food waste to an absolute minimum by employing careful food preparation techniques and reusing whenever possible.

The butchers at Waghornes practice this with all leftover meat repurposed for their wildly popular natural dog food. Similarly, Pershore Seafood also claims zero waste by retaining unsold waste for customers to use in soups and broths.

The Artisan Baker is proud to be a member of the Too Good To Go initiative which provides a backup option for leftover pastries, breads and cakes, ensuring these items are not wasted.

Major retailers in the center also use techniques such as Sandersons Boutique Store, which prides itself on stocking high quality, durable fashion pieces that are built to last.

Jessica added: “This investment is not the end of what we are doing at Five Valleys. Becoming sustainable and sharing best practices with our customers and tenants is a key objective as we continue to develop the centre. »

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