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We feel very fortunate that our workshop is located where it is, not only because of its proximity to the beach and our homes, but because of the environmentally considerate nature of the Mount Pleasant Eco Park, its history and the plans for its future. We moved here at the start of 2014 when one of the workshop units became available, and it was the opportunity that we had been waiting for. The six workshops are housed within the largest load-bearing rammed earth structure in the UK, an incredible building that was constructed using sub-soil from right here on site. Earth is used as a building material all over the world, and it is estimated that around a third of the World’s population live in earthen structures. Here in Cornwall many older buildings are built from cob, a mixture of clay and straw (and in some cases probably even sand and seaweed!), and these building techniques are slowly being reintroduced as sustainable alternatives to concrete and steel. The rammed earth walls here are moisture and temperature regulating and offer good thermal mass properties. They’re also a great colour and texture!