Shopping centre up for national award

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St Austell’s new shopping centre has been shortlisted for a national property award for sustainability.

White River Place has been recognised by Property Week Awards judges, among other factors, for its focus on reducing excess travel and transport emissions. Local stone was used, bricks came from neighbouring Devon, and concrete blocks were sourced from St Austell using secondary aggregate from local china clay waste.

Sean Finlay, director of White River Developments, the owners of the centre, commented: “The response that White River Place has received within the region has been extraordinary, and we are delighted that more retailers are recognising the opportunity available within Cornwall’s largest town.”

Caron Thompson from The Eden Project, which worked with the developers at White River Place, added: “The level of sustainability at White River Place is exceptional. The whole team went the extra mile to ensure it was sustainable across a wide agenda including local sourcing, training and community involvement. I am proud to have been part of the team and I am delighted to hear that it has been recognised on a national scale in this way.”