Green is the way ahead for business hub

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BOSSES at a state-of-the-art business centre have revealed an impressive array of green environmentally-friendly equipment.

Hub Two, Hartlepool’s newest business centre, has been fitted with more than 100 solar heating panels.

It also has an intelligent lighting facility which helps to save energy and a water system that re-uses collected rainwater.

It also has a charger for electric vehicles.

Simon Hamilton (pictured), regional manager for UK Steel Enterprise which runs the centre, said: “Economically, this was possibly not the easiest of times to make such a major investment in a new building but we wanted to meet the demand we were seeing for more office space.

“We also wanted the building to be the very best, not only in terms of being “green” but also to give tenants the best working environment from clean air and the kindest lighting to top quality furniture and fittings.

“New and growing businesses involved in everything from haulage, recruitment and energy to construction, website design and health have already moved in.

“They are companies that are doing well in difficult times and we want to support them in every possible way.”

Hub Two, the extension to UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre, on the Queens Meadow Business Park, off the A689, opened just a few months ago but is already operating at 60 per cent capacity of its 46 offices.

Its new green facilities include a Stormsaver rainwater storage and filter system.

It also has a lighting system that saves electricity by automatically dimming and raising lights according to the natural light available.

The lighting also helps workers avoid the glare and side-effects from constant fluorescent strip lighting.