Pupils learn about sustainable house building

Pupils from a school in Suffolk have been learning about sustainable house building thanks to a visit from homebuilder Taylor Wimpey.

Laura Culham, (pictured above) technical project manager and sustainability champion at Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, gave a talk to pupils at Martlesham Primary Academy on their Eco Day about how the company Taylor is building sustainable homes and communities.

This included showing the pupils the masterplan of its new development located at Brightwell Lakes, Martlesham, and discussing how they are incorporating ecology features like bee bricks, bat boxes, and hedgehog holes into the new community.

The visit to the school follows a donation of a Taylor Wimpey School Engagement Pack, an educational resource with a variety of activities, created by their graduate team as part of a UK wide initiative to inform and excite the next generation about the home building industry and to raise awareness of the career opportunities available.

Jo Garrod-Spall, teaching support for Year 3 pupils at the academy, said: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for taking the time to talk to our pupils on our Eco Day. Laura did a great job of giving such a fun and engaging talk, which was a perfect way for the children to see how homes are built and the ecological steps taken to ensure sustainability is at the heart of the community going forward.”

And Laura added: “It was an absolute pleasure speaking to the pupils at Martlesham Primary Academy at their Eco Day about the commitments we have made to be more sustainable. The students were very engaged and it was fantastic to teach the next generation the importance of how to build communities sustainably.”

The nearby development Brightwell Lakes will be home to up to 2,000 homes and will be brought forward in phases, with the first phase consisting of 317 brand-new homes across two sites.

The first site on Ipswich Road is set to launch in 2023 and will be home to 122 high-quality 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes.

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