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Sutton MP Supports New 'Straw Café'

October 21, 2010 2:59 PM

On Tuesday 26th October, Manor Park Café, one of the greenest buildings in London, is set to be unveiled in Sutton by the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Court.

The Café was built with recycled materials and without steel or concrete. The structure has a sedum roof, straw bale walls, and recycled tyre foundations, giving it excellent green credentials.

The building materials will make the building sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost-saving. The lime-covered straw bale walls are thermally efficient and will keep heating costs to a minimum. The sedum roof will also serve to insulate the building, while helping the building to blend in with the surrounding park and attract wildlife.

Reconstituted, flame-retardant newspapers in the roof and floor provide further insulation.

The Café will offer a wide array of affordable meals and snacks - many local-organic or fair-trade, and some healthy options as well. There will be seating for 20-30 people.

Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow commented on the new café, saying:

"The Manor Park Café is yet another demonstration of Sutton's leadership on environmental issues in Britain. I hope that this cafeé will serve as an example of how the country can move forward and provide for the needs of its citizens while still maintaining its natural beauty."

Plans for the café were approved by the Sutton Local Committee on 25 June 2009 after a survey carried out a year prior found that what people wanted most in Manor Park was a café.

The oak used for structural support comes from Forest Stewardship Council accredited sources, the paints are made from natural oils such as citrus, and the floor is natural linoleum. The building foundations are pillars of old tyres, filled with gravel and insulating material, and will have a low impact on the environment.

The company responsible the café's design and construction, Amazonails, is a leader in the UK straw bale building industry. They took the opportunity to show local tradesmen how their innovative building process works.