Main reception and the beauty treatment rooms at Debbie Locke Health Spa and Beauty Salon

About The Grange

 

The Grange has a long past; the buildings were moved in 1840 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel when the Great Western Railway was built across the farm land. The amazing wooden beams that are such a feature of The Grange may date from the farm buildings prior to 1840, but are at least 165 years old. Where one timber meets another, carpenters marks can be seen:

 

 

Until 2003, the only occupants of the buildings that now house Debbie Locke Health and Beauty Spa were dairy cows and their cowherd!

 

The transformation from semi-ruinous nineteenth century cattle sheds to a state-of-the-art modern 21st century health spa could not be more marked. The following are some edited snippets from an article about The Grange:

 

The 150 acre Grange Farm has been in the Redding family since 1913, with Chris and Simon Redding farming there for 40 and 25 years respectively. While the remainder is today used for beef cattle, the five-acre site close to the farmhouse containing the former barns and cowsheds has now been converted into The Grange.

 

Farming brothers Chris and Simon Redding have turned disused cowsheds and barns into high-tech eco-buildings at their farm at Hewish, near Weston super Mare in North Somerset. The cowsheds are believed to be the first offices in the country constructed with large (1m x 1m x 3m) straw bales. The super-insulation provided by the bales is teamed with environmentally-friendly computer-controlled windows and a geothermal heating and cooling system which draws heat from the surrounding fields during the winter and puts it back in the summer.

 

The brothers have invested £900,000 in converting the buildings, using the latest thinking in sustainable construction. Even the concrete removed from the old cowshed bases was recycled – crushed on site to be reused as substrate for the new buildings, saving the environmental cost of transporting it away. Rainwater is used to supply the toilets on site, which drain to a bio-digestor sewerage plant on the site. The treated water is clean enough to be drained into the river.


“Someone described the buildings as ideal for companies ‘with style and a conscience’.”

 

Award Winning Eco-Friendly Buildings

 

The Grange has won First prize in the prestigious Green Apple Environment Awards, run for 11 years by The Green Organisation; an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

The awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Municipal Journal and various other professional bodies and organisations.

Chris and Simon Redding were invited to the House of Commons to be presented with their trophy at a special presentation ceremony in early November 2005.

The Grange Office Park, has won the Green Champion award for environmental best practice in the Farming & Agricultural category.

Chris and Simon Redding received their award from John Penrose MP,

 

Would Your business Benefit From Being at The Grange?

 

There are offices to let at The Grange. If your company has a need to expand and you have 'style and a conscience', then The Grange might be ideal for you.

Debbie Locke Health and Beauty Spa
The Grange
Weston-super-Mare North Somerset BS24 6RR
01934 877700

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