EASTBOURNE Arndale Centre’s £85 million extension has won an international environment award for recycling at least 90 per cent of demolished building materials.

Crushed bricks from the demolition have been used as a piling mat for the new extension area while old wooden pallets are being turned into garden furniture by a craftsman.

The former oak bar of the demolished Gildredge Pub is being transformed into wooden jewellery.

Recycling during the six-month demolition period has also saved more than 602,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and over 229,000 litres of diesel that would have been used in making daily trips to the nearest landfill site in West Sussex.

The 2017 Green Apple Award for Sustainable Development was presented to centre manager Bill Plumridge at a ceremony in the House of Commons.