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BUILDINGS, MAINTENANCE & REFURBISHMENT Circular Economy


A look at the innovative Circular Economy flooring program at the 4000sqmPublic Health & EducationWa


oject. oject, a focus on exceptional design inspiring employee wellbeing and


increased productivity was also key. Throughout the redesigned proj


oject bright colourways have


been used within learning areas to encourage positive moods. Contrasting colourways have been effectively placed throughout transition areas of the building to aid wayfaring and


movement of people speedily by focusing the eye towards key entry and exit points.


To achieve this design without compromising the initial Circular Economy vision, only products from the Paragon Carpets collection, following stringent environmental and design guidelines were chosen.


- Leads Learning Wales Proj


be applied to reduce capital expenditure and flooring lifecycle costs, providing a positive architectural legacy for future generations. Environmental excellence isn’t the only mantra of this building proj


BUILDINGS,MAINTENANCE & REFURBISHMENT


T


he construction industry operates within a linear economy of make, use, dispose.


Education buildings are stripped out and torn down with astonishing regularity while new buildings are constructed from hard-won virgin materials. But raw materials are becoming scarce, and the demands for them are exploiting fragile ecosystems, even as the global demand for resources continues to rise. The industry demands over half the world’s extracted materials and


for applying the circ generated in the EU generates around a


, making it a prime candidate third of the total waste


ular economy. Yet there has


been little focus on how construction industry professionals and end users such as education


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professionals can contribute towards the new movement.Much has been written about the concept but there are few working examples of a system which could change the landsc education building projects.


Paragon Carpets recently showed a


real world ape of


case study with the Public Health & Education Wales project-the 4000sqm redevelopment over 5 floors of the well known public buildin creating a large carbon footprint. The principles of a circular economy


have been g without


applied to the built environment of Public Health Wales, resources are kept in use and their value retained. The project proposes innovat concepts, showing how new business


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