The Fold is now open!

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Our brand new eco-building, The Fold, is now open! This represents a huge milestone – the completion of Phase 1 of the BIG Project.

We were absolutely thrilled to have around 200 people join us at the official unveiling, including Philip Davies MP, councillor Susan Hinchcliffe (the chair of Bradford Council), and councillor Joe Ashton (the chair of Baildon Town Council).

We are very grateful to Baildon Town Council, who have bought £5,000 worth of equipment for our pre-school as its contribution to the Fold.

Before the Fold was officially ‘unfolded,’ the Rev Kerry Tankard, chair of the Yorkshire West Methodist District, led an uplifting service of celebration. Then, with the help of children to symbolise the importance of what our church is doing for the future, the Fold was formally declared open!.

The downstairs of the new building will be the new home for Baildon Village Pre-School. The upstairs will be used for free lettings to Scouts, Guides and other youth organisations, and can be hired when other groups are not using it.

The Fold has features similar to those of a Passivhaus and follows a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building. It will use virtually no energy and emit almost no carbon dioxide. It does this with features including very thick walls, a huge amount of insulation, triple glazing, and 8 kW of solar panels on its roof.

The Fold represents the completion of Phase 1 of the BIG (Buildings Improvement for Growth) Project, our strategy for sustainable growth. The BIG Project is a £1.95m, three phase buildings transformation programme. Its first goal has been realised, with the replacement of the single storey 1950’s temporary Marley Hut building with a two storey, very low energy consumption building. This will allow Baildon Village Pre School to double the number of sessions they offer.

Going forwards we aim to modernise the cafe and kitchen, increasing seating by 80% and introducing hot, freshly cooked lunches for all Baildon Pre School children. We also aim to reduce energy consumption to 40% of 2009 levels and generate at least half of those future energy needs from on site renewable sources, slashing our ‘net’ energy bills.

Read the press release in the Telegraph and Argus.