January 23, 2012 - THE new chief executive of Stoke-on-Trent's multi-million pound national construction training centre has backed the city's bid to become home to the Green Investment Bank.
Jonathan Davis took the helm at the £11.4 million Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) in Longton, pictured below, earlier this month.
The centre, which opened its doors in December, is designed to serve as a training centre and showcase for the latest environmentally-friendly construction and refurbishment techniques.
And Mr Davis, an architect, planner and urban designer, believes CoRE could work alongside the GIB to make Stoke-on-Trent "a fantastic green city".
He said: "We call our approach 'fabric first' – what this means for buildings is to 'wrap up warm' so that they help us to stop wasting energy before we look for new, greener energy sources.
"CoRE represents a big step towards putting Stoke-on-Trent at the heart of Britain's new green economy, so the potential for us to work with the Green Investment Bank, should it come here, are obvious." read more>>>