Portsmouth business park encourages staff to bike to work

SHOWER TIME From left Mark Smith, Ray Cobb, Gareth Lloyd Jones, Matt Dickens and Ian Cox, who work at 1000 Lakeside
SHOWER TIME From left Mark Smith, Ray Cobb, Gareth Lloyd Jones, Matt Dickens and Ian Cox, who work at 1000 Lakeside

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AN OFFICE complex in Portsmouth is upgrading its commitment to the environment at the same time as expanding its base.

Highcross, the company that manages 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour, has installed new shower and changing rooms to encourage more people to travel to work by bike.

The funding for the work was matched by Sustainable Routes, a European-funded grant scheme that helps businesses reduce the cost of travel and lower their environmental footprint.

Highcross and IBM also fund a free shuttle bus, linking the business park to local train and bus stations, for people who want to use other sustainable ways to get to and from work.

Karen Tyrrell, sales and marketing manager at 1000 Lakeside, said: ‘We are hoping that the opening of these additional facilities will encourage more of our occupiers to look at greener ways of getting to work, or just take advantage of our wonderful surroundings, by going for a run at lunchtime or the start of the day.’