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Birds all of a twitter at Lancaster University

Morgan Sindall is taking its green approach to construction a step further by transforming waste wood into bird boxes.

The construction firm, which has offices in Manchester, donated packaging timber taken from its project site at Lancaster University and equipment, to Preston-based The Woodhouse recycling project.

In return, the organisation has crafted six handmade bird boxes which Morgan Sindall intends to give back to the university to encourage nesting nearby.

Morgan Sindall is in the process of building the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) at the university’s main campus at Bailrigg. Once completed, the 3,000m² timber-frame building will provide a new arts hub.

“We are committed to challenging conventional waste disposal methods for materials left over from packaging and off-cuts,” says Paul O’Halloran, Morgan Sindall project manager. “We want to continue to reduce the environmental impact of our working practices by working with recycling services like Woodhouse.

“As an environmentally conscious company, we are proud to be playing such an important role in shaping the world around us.”

The service is run by the charity Integrate (Preston and Chorley) Limited, which supports people with learning difficulties. In addition to helping them to live independently, the charity offers them industrial experience at The Woodhouse, one of Integrate’s Community Enterprise projects, to make products out of recycled wood.

Damian Connor, project supervisor at The Woodhouse, says: “We are grateful for any donations of waste wood from companies like Morgan Sindall. We offer a commercial service where we carry out industrial collections from firms and then make products such as benches, gates, dog kennels and bird boxes, out of the uncontaminated and untreated wood.

“We help provide a positive environment for volunteers and people with a learning disability to help them get back into work and into society.”

Morgan Sindall presented The Woodhouse with a donation of tools and safety equipment, including hard hats, saws, hammers and screw drivers, to help with the building of future products.

The new university centre, due for completion this summer, will house studios for installations and design, acoustic rooms, imagination laboratories and rooms for postgraduate research and administration. It will be built using a range of ‘green’ features including photovoltaic panels and rainwater harvesting.