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CarouselAround 4000 people were entertained by local bands and a dare-devil stunt aircraft display at the Adastral Park family fun day on Saturday 26 June. 

Other attractions included demonstrations from the BT showcases, fairground attractions – including one of the oldest carousels in East Anglia, fire engine rides, a climbing wall, a model helicopter display, mountain bike stunts and flamboyant stilt walkers.

Unusually for the British summer the weather was glorious and families enjoyed the sun with picnics, ice creams and live music provided by bands whose members are based at Adastral.

People also participated in rowing and long jump in the Olympic zone and Ipswich Town coaching staff provided training to the football stars of the future. The Adastral Park-based graduates ran a Gaming zone to keep people of all ages entertained.

The fire engine rides from the Adastral Park-based fire team proved very popular as they took families on circuits around the site complete with sirens and flashing lights. Patrick Budden, from Openreach service design, said: “It was superbly organised and there were so many great events and attractions to keep my family thoroughly entertained for five hours.”

Alan Bateman, one of the organisers, said: “Due to popular demand after last year’s successful event we decided to organise another – thank you to everyone who volunteered to help again and all those who attended to make it such a fantastic day.”

Over 40 volunteers got involved including stewards, a cycling coach, a roller skating coach, the first aid team and fire crews, and even a pilot. Nigel Willson, from BT Innovate & Design, reprised his role from last year flying over the event and wowing the crowds in his acrobatic airplane, a Russian Yak52.

Felixstowe TV covered the event with a short video – view it here.

Grassroutes, the Adastral Park travel plan, was two on Friday 18 June so a special event was held at the Park to celebrate.

Andrew Cassy, travel plan manager, said: “The event was a great success, helping to raise awareness of the options to reduce car travel when possible.”There were a multitude of stands including the Adastral Park bike user group (BUG), the Orwell Mencap Green Bike project – who were collecting old bikes and spares – and BT Cycle Fit.

There were promotions for off-peak rail business travel between Ipswich and London which generated much interest as well as a new discounted bus ticket for those who use the local Route 66 bus to get to work which can save regular bus users £10 per month.

As an added incentive to travel sustainably on the anniversary people were offered a free breakfast. “This led to a 30 per cent increase on the usual number of people cycling in to Adastral on a Friday,“ said Andrew.

“The plan has been very successful since its launch in 2008. The railway shuttle bus was relaunched, the number of people who car share has doubled and the number of people who cycle to work is twice the national average, and we’ve also seen an increase in the number of people who flexi-work away from the office.”

Overall, Grassroutes has saved the equivalent of 1.2million miles off the local roads and generated 400 tonnes less CO2 than if everyone travelled to site in a single occupancy vehicle.

Phil Dance, managing director of Adastral Park, added: “We want to make Adastral Park the lowest carbon development centre in the UK, and be at the leading edge for sustainability whilst providing a great working environment.“

Prospect  (was Connect) will be in the Old Post office area in the Hub lunchtime on Wednesday 23 June.

The Adastral Park travel plan, Grassroutes, is two on Friday 18 June. Come along to the Hub (11:00-14:00) to celebrate!

Special offers on the day

  • Free breakfast for those who travel to Adastral Park sustainably on Fri 18 June
    • if you’ve walked, biked, bussed or car shared in to work you can collect a voucher from Andrew Cassy, the Travel Plan Manager, who will be wearing his white Grassroutes T-shirt in the Hub from 07:30-14:00 on Friday 18 June only
    • voucher is worth up to £2.50 for food/drink, no change or cash alternative provided
    • valid in the Eurest Hub restaurant and coffee lounge only (not Amigo’s)
    • voucher used towards breakfast, lunch, drinks or snacks and valid until Friday 25 June
  • 50% discounted bike maintenance classes (courtesy of BT Cycle Fit)
    – visit the Adastral Park Bike User Group stall for details and to register your interest
  • Tombola prizes if you sign up to the Cycle Fit newsletter and an entry to win a £250 Raleigh bike if you also sign up to the Bike Buddy scheme (BT people only)
  • First class family (2+2) rail ticket to London prize draw courtesy of National Express East Anglia if you visit the train stall
  • Win one of five First Zone 1  7-day bus ticket by visiting the bus stall and ask for details

Stands

  • Try-a-bike with local cycle shops
  • Adastral Park’s bicycle user group & Sustrans on-hand to give advice and support
  • BT Cycle Fit tombola prizes and draw for a Raleigh bike
  • Donate any old bikes, spares or cycle clothing to Orwell Mencap – Green Bike Project
  • Have a go on the Virtual Bike Ride or see the antique bicycles
  • Ipswich Buses – BT shuttle mobile ticket trial
  • First Eastern – discounted monthly season ticket
  • National Express & theTrainline – 1st class upgrade offer
  • Mobile-phone shuttle bus ticket demo
Travel Plan achievements
 
Highlights since the travel plan started on 18 June 2008 include:
  • on target for a 10% reduction in single occupancy vehicles driving to site
  • number of people cycling is 17.3% – more than twice the national and regional average
  • doubled the number of people who car share – now at over 12%
  • 7.3% increase in the number of days flexible working away from the office
    – equivalent to saving 1.2million miles off the local roads and 400 tonnes less of CO2
  • improvements in travel related facilities:
    • reintroduction of the railway shuttle bus (free for business use, now available to commuters at discounted fare and public passengers too)
    • dedicated and convenient car share bays
    • new locker room with drying facilities and over 100 lockers
    • cycle lane improvements in front of the site
    • discounted rail season tickets and daily/weekly bus fares
    • bespoke Adastral Park centric travel maps for 5 local areas
    • permanent travel information stand and display in the Hub restaurant area

For further details see our Grassroutes case study.

Tuesday 22 June, 12:30-13:30, Crucible Studio, Antares, Adastral Park

Ever wondered:

  • Where all your waste ends up?
  • What the perfect recycling bin looks like?
  • How the materials recycling facility at Great Blakenham operates?
  • Why this is so important – for the environment and your wallet?

 Sue Gibbs from Viridor Waste Management Facility has kindly agreed to come and share her knowledge and experience on rubbish and waste.

Join us for another interesting talk and find out from the people who run the materials recycling facility what we should and shouldn’t be putting in our bins.

Viridor also run The Recycling Experience which is a unique opportunity to see first hand how Suffolk’s domestic recyclate is sorted and passed back into the manufacturing chain for recycling into new products.

If you are interested in seeing the Great Blakenham recycling facility then let us know as the Propect@Adastral carbon club are planning a visit in the near future. Just email Brenda.cavanagh@bt.com or eric.nelson@bt.com

If you have any suggestions for future talks to raise awareness, educate and stimulate robust discussions on related topics then please join us or contact a member of the club: www.apconnectuk.org/carbonclub

The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 17 June.

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