Furniture factory visit
Last month, the Senate House North Block project team visited the Senator Group Furniture Factory and Recycling Plant who are the main furniture supplier for the North Block. This furniture supplier was chosen because of their environmental and sustainability credentials, and nearly all of the furniture components are being manufactured in the UK.
Here are some highlights from what the team saw at the plant:
The same style of chairs coming off this assembly line will be going into our offices in North Block.
Here is a shot looking down at the factory where the chairs and sofas are being upholstered, Sofas similar to the one at the front of the picture will be going onto the balcony in the courtyard and in the reception areas of North Block.
Here a pressure test is being conducted to check that the table can withstand a large amount of pressure without breaking or tipping over, the table survived.
The majority of the furniture chosen is being manufactured in the UK using recycled materials. For example, the office desks contain at least 48% recycled materials and the rest is made with sustainable materials.
With the majority of the products chosen, at least 99% of the furniture components can be recycled at their end of life.
The team were also shown the recycling plant:
These photos show the outer packaging of furniture which customers have sent back to the factory. This is then sorted and reused or recycled.
The polystyrene is recycled in this machine. Once it has been recycled, it is compressed into large blocks which can be reused or sold to other companies.
Fabrics from upholstered furniture are compressed and put into bales. They are then reused by other companies. These bales will go into the insulation underneath car dashboards.
As well as recycling their own waste, The Senator Group recycling plant is also open to the local community
The recycling plant also turns recycled waste into power which powers the furniture factory. The surplus even gets sent back to the National Grid.