A gallery at the redeveloped North Moors National Park Centre in Dalby Forest is in the running for a prestigious national award. The Wood Awards recognise designs for buildings of the future and the judges praised the Inspired By Gallery as a ‘good demonstration of the potential carbon savings from using a timber frame in place of steel’.

The untreated green oak beams of the new gallery came from a local forest and were sawn at Ampleforth sawmill. The beams are estimated to store more than nine tonnes of carbon dioxide and by using local timber rather than a manufactured steel frame, the centre has saved an extra six tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The beams are just one of a number of environmentally friendly or sustainable features incorporated into the controversial new centre. Others include a solar panel to heat the water, sheep’s wool insulation, low energy light bulbs, environmentally friendly paint, flooring from recycled and renewable materials and sink splashbacks made from recycled plastic bottles.

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