Olympic Park’s green centre donated to Custom House school

A sustainability and recycling centre from the Olympic Park has found a new home in a Custom House secondary school.

The One Planet Centre that used to reside in the Athletes’ Village, Stratford, has been donated to the students of the Royal Docks Community School, Prince Regent Lane.

In the village – soon to be transformed into the East Village – the centre was used to promote sustainability and recycling to encourage athletes become champions of eco-warriors in their own countries and to champion an environmentally ethical message around the world.

Brought to life by The Legacy List, a post-Games charity, and sustainability organisation BioRegional, the One Planet Centre is built from recycled and sustainable materials, including a frame of reclaimed timber from east London; a roof made from reused ply board and sustainably-sourced structural timbers; sustainably-sourced decking; and even “grass” made of recycled materials.

Memories marking the Games are still a part of the centre as the athletes stuck pins in a map to identify where they came from as a way of visualising how culturally diverse London 2012 was.

Staff think the map fits in perfectly at the school as it reflects the multicultural student body where over 70 languages are spoken.

Grace Gilbey, from the school, said: “The centre played a vital part in the Games’ desire to build a better world for future generations.

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“We hope to continue this message by using the centre for geography and citizenship lesson, as a place to not only learn about recycling and sustainability, but also a place to think about the future of our world, continuing to inspire a generation from the very heart of our school.”