Limetec Hydraulic Lime Mortar and the National Trust – Going Green Together
The National Trust protects and opens to the public more than 300 historic houses and gardens, along with 49 industrial monuments and mills. As a charity, completely independent of government, it relies for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from commercial operations to keep running.
Therefore, the National Trust was looking to get the best value for money when it commissioned architects Feilden Clegg Bradley to design its new central offices. Constructed in Brunel’s 19th Century rail yard in Swindon, the building also had to offer the most sustainable solution possible within a tight budget that would also match the surrounding, industrial period architecture.
The finished building would have to synergistically combine the future with the traditional, offering a contemporary interpretation of industrial design. In keeping with the green ethos, the client also wanted to eliminate the need for cement and make the structure recyclable.
Limetecs hydraulic lime mortar proved to be the perfect eco friendly product to help Feilden Clegg Bradley meet this brief. Allowing masonry to be recycled when the building comes to the end of its life, and re-absorbing some of the CO2 given off during the firing process when it sets, hydraulic lime mortar offered the ideal characteristics to create a sustainable masonry building.