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Portakabin employees inspire young minds with sustainable construction workshops

posted: 24th Jul 2017

Sustainability and engineering experts from Portakabin delivered sessions at Lakeside Primary School inspiring Year 5 and 6 students to think about the future of construction.

Students in Year 5 and 6 at Lakeside Primary School were visited by Portakabin employees Hannah Spencer, Dr Penny Carey and Sarah Gatford, to learn about sustainable construction. After learning about sustainable buildings in three different sessions, students were then asked to design their own sustainable classroom.

Lakeside Primary School children outside the site of the International Head Office in Huntington

Richard Crabtree, Deputy Head and class teacher at Lakeside Primary said, “It was fantastic for the children to see just how sustainable new construction methods can be. The children really enjoyed creating their own sustainable classrooms and they were so inspired by Hannah, Penny and Sarah. The future of construction could be up to them, so learning ways to protect our environment is really important.”

Dr Penny Carey, Lead Sustainability Engineer at Portakabin said, “Sustainable methods are vital to the future of construction. To be able to teach children more about construction and widen their view of environmentally friendly ways to build is so important. If we teach children how to build sustainably now, they can continue to protect the environment for their future.” 

The Lakeside Primary school children were also taken on a tour of the Portakabin manufacturing site in York, to learn about the ways the modular specialist is changing construction for the better. The children were able to see expert production teams using local and sustainably sourced materials to create modules that would become schools, hospitals, offices and other spaces.  

The children then presented their sustainable classroom projects to Stuart Norris, Senior Development Engineer at Portakabin. He said “There were some great suggestions from the children; they included features such as solar panels and energy efficient boilers and lights in their designs. I especially loved one design that included energy harnessing trampolines in the playground. The children were really inspired to think about sustainability and new ways to build without costing the environment.”

Portakabin strives to lead the construction industry by using sustainably sourced materials, achieving zero waste to landfill during the manufacturing process and providing a wide range of sustainable design options. The company also encourages employees to cycle to work and enforces sustainable transport policies.

Portakabin dedicates time to teaching children through the York Cares Inspiring Minds initiative. The initiative aims to inspire children by linking real life and learning to raise aspirations.