Brighton’s £300k rubbish house opens for Easter tours

Posted On 16 Apr 2014 at 11:41 am

Britain’s first house made entirely from rubbish will open its doors to the public on Easter Monday (21 April).

The Brighton Waste House was inspired by the television presenter Kevin McCloud, best known for Grand Designs on Channel 4.

The aim of the project is to show that waste can breathe new life into properties.

Work on the £300,000 project began in April 2011 and it is nearing completion.

Those behind the project are now opening the doors of the house, just off Grand Parade, Brighton, to members of the public.

The building will then be handed over to the artist and architect Phillip Hall-Patch to create an installation titled Salt Field for the Brighton Festival.

Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud

Those interested in seeing how car registration plates, plastic razors and toothbrushes have been reused are asked to apply for tour tickets. The tours will take place between 11am and 5pm.

Some tickets are free while others are based on a donation, with money going to Freegle, a non-profit organisation that hosts 396 free online reuse groups around the country.

The project is being led by academics from Brighton University, with support from City College Brighton and Hove, Mears Group and Cat Fletcher, from the online recycling website Freegle.

Materials that have gone into the house include the sort of old vinyl banners that you might see tied to street lamps during festivals.

Thrown-away bricks, ply sheet, plastic razors, denim jeans, DVDs and video cassettes have been slotted into wall cavities to help with insulation in the house.

Old toothbrushes are also being used in the wall cavities, including more than 20,000 of them that were used only once by passengers flying from Gatwick.

When it is finished the house will be one of the first A* energy-efficient rated sustainable buildings in Britain.

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