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Cancer Research UK will be promoting their Race for Life events in the Hub on 1 March.

On Wednesday 2 March Prospect will be in the Hub at lunchtime.

Andrew Cassy with cake

Since launching the shuttle bus service between Ipswich train station and Adastral Park, BT has helped save 173 tonnes of CO2 and countless taxi journeys – saving the company over £170,000 since launch.

The shuttle bus, operated by Ipswich Buses, has been running for two years and has moved from a small 30-capacity bus to a 70-seater double decker with tables and wifi due to its popularity.

The bus was started by Andrew Cassy, sustainability champion at Adastral Park, so that business travellers could get quickly from the station to BT’s global development and innovation centre  – not only saving money but also carbon by reducing the number of cars on the local roads.

Andrew said: “From day one it has proven to be financially viable and shortly after that it was also carbon negative.”

This success has led to the scheme being nominated for the Greenest County awards two years in a row.

The bus is now used by more than 200 people a day. Business travellers can use it for free by showing their train tickets, anyone travelling to Adastral Park can pay just a £1 each way and it’s also available to the general public along Wherstead Road for the normal Ipswich Buses fares.

To celebrate there are two offers available for bus users:

1) a free one week mobile-phone ticket for shuttle use only (valid until Easter, just one per person). Further details and terms and conditions are on the Grassroutes offers page. Andrew Cassy will also be handing out details on the bus this (Monday) morning and in the Hub at lunchtime.

2) a chance to win an iPhone if you register for the mobile ticket service available on all data enabled phones including android and iPhone. Further details and terms and conditions are on the Grassroutes offers page.

For more information on the service, visit the website.

If you have any queries about the Adastral Park travel plan, please email Andrew Cassy, travel plan manager.

For all information on Grass Routes, the Adastral Park travel plan, visit the Grass Routes website.

For more information on the service, visit the website.

If you have any queries about the Adastral Park travel plan, please email Andrew Cassy, travel plan manager.

For all information on Grass Routes, the Adastral Park travel plan, visit the Grass Routes website.

On Saturday 9 April Adastral Park or Bibb Way based people have the chance to climb the Pegasus Tower at Adastral Park in aid of Cancer Research UK and EACH.

Each person will make five walking ascents of Pegasus Tower – that’s five x 14 floors – equivalent to 1745 steps and a total of 1000ft climbed. You’ll get a breather between each ascent via the returning lift!

If you’re interested in taking part or helping on the day email Steve Riley 01473 629325 or Andrew Cassy 01473 628023.

The NHS will be in the Hub on Tues 22 Feb to promote blood donor awareness.

24 Feb – EACH Treehouse Appeal Quiz promotion.

The BT Conferencing internal video re-launch openday will be taking place in the Hub on Tuesday 15 February.

The Suffolk Police Community Officer will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Wednesday 16 February.

The Adastral Ladies present:
Dinner Dance
in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice

Saturday 2 April 2011
Ufford Park Hotel,
Yarmouth Road,
Melton, Woodbridge
IP12 1QW

£30 per person, including three course meal and disco

Tickets can be purchased from:
Jenni Carberry (07736 351078) or
Wendy Abbott (07889 852033)

Or book your tickets via:

Is a New Generation of Nuclear Power Stations needed to meet the Energy Gap?
Keith Dickerson, Climate Associates Ltd
Wed 16 February 12.30-1.30pm, Alan Rudge Lecture Theatre (1st floor Antares)

It has long been part of the mantra of both the previous Labour and new Coalition governments that Britain needs a new generation of Nuclear Power stations if the lights are not to go out before the end of the decade. But is this really the case? What have these governments based their assumptions on and have they considered all the options? Keith will examine the sources of information on which these assumptions are based and ask if there are greener alternatives that would adequately avoid the risk of energy shortages in the future.

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled. If you entered a team, Nik will be in touch with you.


Do you fancy yourself as a quizzing king or queen? Well now’s your chance to prove it by winning this big(ish) quiz in aid of the EACH Treehouse appeal.

Adastral Park, in association with the EACH Treehouse Appeal proudly presents The BIG(ish) Quiz

Hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s James Hazell Wednesday 2 March, 18:00, the Hub, Adastral Park

Register your team’s interest today and receive your registration form by sending an email to Entry is just £20.00 per team of 4 to 6 people with a chance to win the Adastral Park Challenge Cup and individual prizes.

There will also be a raffle and light refreshments will be available to buy.

The local RSPB group will be on site with a stall in the Hub each lunchtime 7-9 February if you wish to discuss your results from the RSPB bird watch weekend, or find out more about the charity and volunteering activities.  On Wednesday 9 February they will also be giving a formal presentation on the national results at 12:30 in the Alan Rudge Lecture Theatre.

The Book People will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 10 February.

The students in the hothouseKesgrave High School has an ambitious plan: to send a balloon into space. The school’s space club want to send a helium balloon up 25 miles to capture images and video from the edge of space.

On their last attempt when they eventually found the balloon the camera was smashed and they couldn’t retrieve the pictures. They need help so people from Adastral Park stepped in to help get the project – called Stratos – off the ground.

John Bayle, from BT, is a IT ambassador and got involved in Project Stratos when he saw a presentation from the space club: “In my role in BT I am a platform director for the engineering workforce management systems, and part of that includes tracking the whereabouts of 20,000 engineers.” So John approached the teacher and offered his help to find the balloon quicker next time. John, along with Phil Lennard, Mike Ashwell and Clare Lawrence (all from BT), linked up with two external companies, Trackaphone and Automated Designs, to put together a hothouse at Adastral Park to help the club find a solution and ideas on how to publicise their efforts in the community.

One of the students commented on the hothouse: “The day was great! The fast paced, high intensity movement of the day gave us an insight into producing something in a professional environment. I’ve found some of the things – such as presenting and developing ideas from set aims – already helping my work at school.”

John concluded: “It was fantastic to run a hothouse where we used BT’s problem solving techniques to help solve a science project. For me the real value was learning that it isn’t just about technology but about involving everyone – teachers, parents, community and other students – who will all benefit from the science project. It was so much more than taking pictures from the edge of space, but the whole journey of how we got there.”

The next stage is for the students – who ranged from ages 11 to 18 – to put together a project plan and a prototype with the aim of launching in July.

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