These beautiful outdoor classrooms are genuinely designed and built by the young people and adults who use them!
Using only locally sourced and sustainable/natural building methods, this remarkable, participant-led approach results not only in buildings that are stunning and eco-friendly, but also transforms the participants’ understanding of learning. It’s a win-win: participants gain accredited outcomes through an inclusive and engaging programme and the organisation/school/community group end up with a beautiful and inspiring building to further develop outdoor learning Using only locally sourced and sustainable/natural building methods, this remarkable, participant-led approach results not only in buildings that are stunning and eco-friendly, but also transforms the participants’ understanding of learning.
What we can offer
We offer a full package including:
Consultation and design with the participants and other stakeholders
CDM2015 compliant commercial construction processes
Fully inclusive construction process for participants with accredited outcomes
We only build with natural materials to ensure we offer an inclusive and safe construction environment, and a beautiful end product!
Round pole timber
Local stone for dry stone walling
Natural renders, plasters and paints
Cob has a long history in the UK and is stunning material to work with. From seating areas to earth ovens, from outdoor classrooms to 2 storey houses, cob is a versatile and highly robust construction material.
It is also very eco-friendly as it’s non-toxic and “breathable” – so it’s safe to build with and be in – and it’s locally sourced and fully biodegradable. Cob is also very sculptural and any one can build with it!
And finally, cob is fire proof so it’s perfect for oven/fireplaces and places where fires might be a concern.