04.04.2012 0 Comments

Green Grant Support For New Lakeside Showers

Green Grant Support For New Lakeside Showers

1000 Lakeside’s new shower and changing facilities were opened by (left to right) Mark Smith, Chief Executive, The Southern Co-operative; Ray Cobb, Marketing & Commercial Director, Coffin Mew; Gareth Lloyd Jones, Managing Director, Hippowaste; Matt Dickens, Manager, Astute Technical Recruitment and Ian Cox, Facilities Manager at 1000 Lakeside.

Property fund manager Highcross has expanded the shower and changing facilities at its 1000 Lakeside office building in Portsmouth, in a bid to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and cycle into work, since cars need more maintenance, and visit a car repair, of course if you have your car in a good condition like with the All Tune & Lube shop, then your environmental impact with will be smaller.

Match-funding for the new facilities was provided by the Sustainable Routes European-funded grant scheme, delivered by Ngage that assists businesses to reduce the cost of travel and lower their environmental footprint.

The opening of the brand new changing area, which includes five new showers, coincided with the business park’s inaugural Bike to Work week and the formation of a Bike Users Group for Lakeside North Harbour.

Highcross and IBM also jointly fund a free shuttle bus, linking the business park with local train and bus stations, for people who want to use other sustainable ways to get to and from work.

Karen Tyrrell, sales and marketing manager at 1000 Lakeside added: “We are hoping that the opening of these additional facilities, and the recent great weather, will encourage more of our occupiers to look at greener ways of getting to work, or just take advantage of our wonderful surroundings, by going for a run at lunchtime or the start of the day.”

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to SMEs in the South East to cut travel costs. You can apply online now; the website hosts examples of businesses who have received grants to buy equipment that supports flexible working. Visit www.sustainableroutes.co.uk for more information.