Heritage recycling centre to re-open

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A flagship Aberdeenshire building materials recycling centre is celebrating a successful first year by hosting two open days next month.

The North East Preservation Trust secured grant funding in 2009 to transform Aberdeenshire Conservation Recycle Store at Mintlaw into a profitable business and opened in spring last year.

Since then the centre has become a key port of call for both the trade and general public during restoration and conservation projects, and the result is an estimated turnover for the first year around 50% above target. Now the store is holding two open days outwith normal operating hours to showcase what’s on offer.

The first is on Friday, April 8 between 9am and 5pm and is for trade visitors (principally architects and builders), and the second — for the general public — between 9am and 4pm on Saturday, April 9.

Trust project manager Paul Higson said: “People often find it hard to find the heritage buildings materials they need to complete a project. That’s where we can help. We are forever being taken by surprise at the diversity of what’s coming into the store, from old pantiles and church pews to ornate windows, slates, and Caithness stone.”

Mr Higson added: “We’re always looking for more materials so that we can keep up our stocks and maintain a rich and valuable mix. Popular materials include granite masonry, setts, slabs, cast iron guttering, roof slates and tiles.

It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and visits can be arranged, by appointment only, by emailing manager Chris Waite at chris.waite@aberdeenshire.gov.uk, or by telephoning the Trust’s Head Office on 01569 768289.