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What can you do with an old cement works?

It’s taken me a while to get round to the adaptive reuse of this blog but I’ve finally cleared out all the old stuff and we are now going to use it as originally intended, looking at adaptive reuse, usually of buildings but occasionally of other apparently redundant human artefacts. I’ve always thought that making things from scratch was just too easy, the real test of creativity is the ability to turn something that already exists but is a problem into something usable and once again valuable.

Now because Portland cement works is so dear to my heart, lets start with the worlds most popular example of a reused cement works.

The Butchart Gardens near Vancouver were created on the site of a cement works and are now one of Canada’s most popular tourist attractions.
During construction in the 1920s, above, and fully matured below.