Until recent weeks the heavyweight trio were sited at Lingfield Point in Darlington – a unique business park created from the original buildings of the former Patons and Baldwins wool factory.
Rather than order their removal and destruction all three of the decommissioned boilers are now being brought back into use – two are on their way to Pakistan and the third is heading to Liverpool.
Eddie Humphries, Lingfield Point estate manager, said: “It’s good to be able to show that we really practice what we preach – look after the world’s resources and re-use, upcycle and regenerate whatever we can.
“It’s further proof that items that may no longer be of use to one person are just what someone else needs, and the money from the sale is being recycled into our activities at Lingfield Point.”
The park’s award-winning offices are upcycled from former factory buildings.
Lingfield Point is host to and co-founder of the Festival of Thrift – now in its third year – which enables the site to showcase its upcycled buildings and commitment to sustainable and common sense living.
The boilers were installed at the Darlington site in 1994 to bring steam heat to the factory when it was the Rothmans tobacco plant.
The steam was used to rehydrate the tobacco and the boilers were in use until the factory closed in 2004.