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ancashire County Cricket Club is proud to announce that after a recent audit of the site Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), a national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK, has awarded a Gold Award for The Point, and a Silver Award for the Old Trafford Lodge.

Commenting on the award Peter Ash, sales manager at The Point said: “In the planning stages we came up with a detailed brief for our architects, BDP, which incorporated a number of fundamental ‘must-haves’. One of those ‘must-haves’ was that special attention was given to making the building as sustainable as possible, with a host of green features designed in.”

Peter adds: “Not only has that brief achieved a Gold award for The Point, we have also received a Silver Award for our 68-bedroom Old Trafford Lodge.”

During the assessment it was stated that The Point is an excellent example of a low impact building with energy consumption reduced through LED lights, solar hot water, highly efficient appliances and excellent insulation, with a recycling system that is extensive and very well managed with a 98% diversion rate from landfill.

The venue was also recognised for the way in which it promoted the green message to guests in raising their awareness of environmental issues and encouraging them to use public transport.

The Club is very committed to being Green with the new development plans incorporating green features. The design and build specification of The Point was developed by LCCC and internationally-acclaimed architects BDP in order to place sustainability / environmental awareness at its very core.

Furthermore, we intend to continue this environmental policy across the rest of Old Trafford as the redevelopment programme continues.

LCCC’s ‘Environmental Policy’, which can be viewed here, contains full details.

We believe that The Point is one of the ‘greenest’ event facilities in the North West

Please find as follows a selection of The Point’s numerous eco-friendly features:

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater is collected from the roof of the suite and channelled into storage tanks. This is then used as ‘grey water’ (i.e. toilet flushing etc.) to significantly reduce the mains water consumption of the building.

Solar Panels

Situated on the roof, solar panels collect solar energy and use it to heat water, which is used to provide for the hot water demands on the building, notably the catering facilities. The panels function in cloudy conditions, so it is not necessary to have actual sunshine – probably just as well really!

Low Energy Lighting

The lighting scheme for the building pioneers extensive use of revolutionary low energy LED lighting technology. The vast majority of lights in the suite are low energy fittings, significantly reducing energy requirements by up to a third, whilst also minimising replacement and disposal.

Light Motion detectors

PIR occupancy detection is installed in all relevant areas, so that lights are only on when spaces are occupied.

Solar Control

The main pitch-side glazed facade of the building faces south, offering spectacular views out to the pitch as well as a sunny aspect to the long external balcony.

During winter, the solar gain from the low-angle sun helps to augment heating the space up. Glare is controlled with retractable blinds, which can also provide black-out conditions where required for events.

During summer, the high-angle summer sun is shaded with external louvres located at roof level, above the balcony. This acts in tandem with special solar control glass, which reflects ultra-violet radiation whilst providing a high level of insulation to maintain the desired internal environment all year round.

Super Insulation

The insulation values for the entire external envelope of the building exceed current standards by 15%, again helping to minimise thermal losses and maximise energy efficiency, whilst maintaining the desired internal environment.

Environmental Conditioning

Providing the right environment for main events space in the most efficient way, a displacement ventilation system is used which provides conditioned fresh air at floor level through special diffusers, maximising comfort for occupants. The ‘used’ air naturally rises and is extracted at high level, creating an efficient airflow circuit, which is much more energy efficient than conventional ‘top-down’ air conditioning systems whilst also creating a higher quality internal environment for the events space.

Fuel-efficient Ovens

The doors are triple-skinned to keep the heat in. Also, waste hot water passes over the incoming cold water, to take it up to a temperature of 60 degrees.

Pressure Bratt Pans

Bratt pans can cook 200 portions of food in one go and these ones will take a third of the time a normal one would take as the lids are clamped tightly closed, thus providing pressurised cooking.

Monitoring

One of the features to be built in for water and energy is visible usage data – thus we can supply figures pre- and post-event if required, and record consumption – a key element for any sustainable assessment scheme.

High Efficiency Hand-dryers

In the toilets, energy efficient units to dry hands means no paper towels are needed. Minimum maintenance and a long life expectancy are plus points as well.

Urinals

High efficiency/low water usage sanitary fittings have been specified in all locations throughout the building.

Recycling

Recycling facilities have been installed both in public and service areas. The aim is to recycle as much waste as possible generated during the use of the building.

Bike Racks

Bike Racks have been installed under the main building for use by both guests and staff.