Search

Architecture students win eco award for hide design

11:28 11 March 2014

The architecture students won the award for their bird hide which uses recycled timber

The architecture students won the award for their bird hide which uses recycled timber

Archant

Outstanding first year BSc Architecture students from the University of East London have won an award for sustainability after building a bird hide with recycled timber.

They won the Sustainable Stand Award at Ecobuild 2014 which is the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment and the UK’s largest construction event of any kind.

The students, who are at the university’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, were awarded the prize for their live workshop project Willow Bird Hide. It uses recycled timber, provided by Leaside Wood Recycling Project (LWRP) and willow sourced from the WaterWorks Centre and Middlesex Filter Beds, Lee Valley.

Students spent a week in the studios designing the Hide before beginning the construction process at the event in front of thousands of spectators over three days at the ExCeL exhibition centre in Custom House from March 4 to 6. Following the event, the observatory was taken back to the site where the willow was originally from, to become a resident structure which will inhabit the landscape and frame new views over the woods and the water.

Raphael Lee, UEL’s architectural lecturer, said: “It has been a fantastic few weeks watching the project coming together. From the planning stage right through to construction, the students have been really creative and professional in their approach.

“This experience will prove valuable to them for the future and gives them a platform to build on their skills and knowledge. We have had great support from people to make this happen including Ecobuild for providing the opportunity and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and LWRP for providing the materials.”

Kurt Arenas, one of the students, said: “It is a real honour to see our project win this award. What is more important is the fact that we raised awareness of the need to look to the future and find more sustainable ways of building such structures.

“This project has been really exciting and it has allowed us to work with freedom in our design and also make a positive contribution through our degree.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Former Canning Town South councillor Alan Taylor

Tributes have been paid to a former Newham councillor who has passed away aged 73.

Newham
13:35
An artist's impression of how the slide will look

Already one of the most recognisable sights on the Newham skyline, the ArcelorMittal Orbit could soon boast a giant helter-skelter under new plans submitted to the authority running the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Elizabeth Olympic
10:33
Three men from East Ham have been jailed for aggravated burglary

Three men who chased a man to his Stratford home with a machete and an axe have been jailed.

Snaresbrook Crown Court
13:37
Sir Robin Wales

The Mayor of Newham has vowed to work with residents and businesses in order to tackle future challenges as the council face huge cuts in government funding.

Newham Council

Most read news

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more
Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder