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Oxford Road to become ‘Carbon Lab’

Corridor will be test bed for green schemes

Published on October 6th 2010.

Oxford Road to become ‘Carbon Lab’

Corridor Manchester, the regeneration partnership set up around Manchester’s Oxford Road is to become a Low Carbon Laboratory.

Corridor is working with Wood Homes to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions will be developed and tested in an open laboratory for scientists to work together with both public and private sector.

Rresearch companies will develop, test, experiment and measure the impact of initiatives to help combat the effects climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

Jackie Potter chief executive of Corridor Manchester, said: “The Low Carbon Laboratory will play a very important role in our vision to reduce carbon emissions on the Corridor. The Corridor is the research and innovation hub for Manchester and is ideally placed to deliver such a ground-breaking initiative that has the potential to benefit not only Manchester but also cities all over the world”.

There are already number of scientific studies underway on the Corridor, including i-trees - a series of nine plots gathering quantitative data to compare the impact of trees and green space with asphalt on temperature and rain water runoff - and several retro-fitted green roofs that are testing the effects of different types of natural covering on a variety of issues such as the amount of heat escaping from buildings and attracting wild life into the city.

Paul Connell, director, Wood Holmes, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Corridor Manchester on this fascinating and exciting piece of work which is at the forefront of current global thinking on how cities can work to drive reductions in carbon, whilst accessing the opportunities that it offers.”

The Low Carbon Laboratory is part of the Manchester Low Carbon Economic Area delivery plan and the aim is to develop and grow the laboratory across Manchester, so the wider city becomes a test ground for innovative ideas.

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AgricolaOctober 6th 2010.

Is Wood Homes a bit like Sherlock Holmes or is he a former porn star?

Kevin PeelOctober 6th 2010.

They've got a fantastic exhibition about this on at the moment at the Whitworth Art Gallery. I strongly recommend popping down to find out more. I think the scheme is a fantastic idea.

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