Recognition for Nottingham Students at Ecobuild 2012

Recognition for Nottingham Students at Ecobuild 2012

A group of architecture students from the University of Nottingham gained recognition at Ecobuild 2012, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, by being named runners up in the UK Green Building Council Sustainable Stand Award (under 100m2).

A team of second year students from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment went head to head with the construction industry by designing a Shipping Shelter, made entirely from reusable timber pallets, named the ‘Fleeting Retreat’. The team of fourteen students was recognised for demonstrating excellent consideration of environmental and social impacts.

The 240 re-usable timber shipping pallets were specially designed and manufactured by official sponsor, the Scott Group. The partnership between the students and Scott Group helps to raise awareness that pallets have inherent value as a timber product, with the bespoke modular retreat clearly demonstrating the sustainable use of pallets within the construction industry supply chain.

The Fleeting Retreat, which takes around six hours to construct, was designed to be transportable, adaptive, practical and aesthetically sensitive to current global environmental issues. At the heart of the project was the desire to create a space where visitors could relax, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Retreat was created with the view to becoming a permanent fixture within the university campus.

pallet shelter at Ecobuild

The pallet shelter under construction

After being presented with a miniature model of the ‘Fleeting Retreat’ by the students, Norman Scott, Group Operations Director at Scott Group, said:

“We’re delighted for the students and proud to have been involved in the project, not only have they clearly demonstrated their understanding and passion for sustainable design, but they have also set themselves apart by competing against leading and established names in industry.”

The partnership with the team from the University of Nottingham goes a long way in demonstrating an alternative to disposing of pallets to landfill. The project also tackles the important issue of raising awareness that pallets have inherent value as an item of reusable transit packaging and by dismantling or disposing of them, the energy of construction is lost which is bad for the industry’s carbon footprint.

“We were more than happy to support this project, the synergy between our organisation and the student’s design values were very clear. Scott Pallets is the leading supplier of multi trip pallets to the construction industry and Scott ELM is the developer of the ground-breaking supplier pallet recovery service in that supply chain. By highlighting the continued use of shipping pallets we can show that sustainable solutions exist.”

Guillermo Guzman Dumont, Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Nottingham said:
“A great deal of work has gone into this project and we are delighted that the students’ innovative approach to design has been recognised. The concept put forward by the students demonstrates the issues and responsibilities architecture students have in helping to develop the built environment in a sensitive and sustainable way. Live projects like this, have great importance in the formation of competent professionals. This project would not have been possible without the support and collaboration of Scott Group and the experience was heightened by their passion for sustainable thinking with the construction supply chain.”

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