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Wine warehouse win for Morgan Ashurst

Morgan Ashurst has won a £3.7 million contract to build a prefabricated warehouse for the Wine Society in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

The warehouse will be the first building in the country to use wall panels made from a mixture of hemp stalk and lime attached to a steel frame to save energy.

Design manager Mark Patten said: "The raw hemp stores carbon dioxide and releases oxygen into the atmosphere during its growth. During the lifetime of the building, the lime binder in the mix will also reabsorb the carbon dioxide generated during its initial processing."

The 21m-high warehouse will be able to store eight racks of wine pallets vertically, compared to the five or six racks in traditional warehouses.