Leading Scottish window, door and curtain walling designer, fabricator and installer CMS Window Systems is donating pvc and metal offcuts from its manufacturing process to sustainably clad a children’s adventure playhouse.
The 4.7m x 4m insulated timber playhouse, built at the Baltic Street Adventure Playground in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, was constructed using WikiHouse, an online and community-led design resource which aims to bring about a digital revolution in the way houses are developed. Students from Edinburgh University’s School of Architecture and Heriot-Watt University joined forces with volunteers from BAM Construction to build the playhouse with input from local children.
CMS’s Managing Director, Andy Kerr, said: “We are proud to support the next phase of this community project which is for the students and local children who utilise the Baltic Street Adventure Playground, to design and select the material for the cladding of the WikiHouse. We will now reserve and store enough of the selected material for the project, here at our factory in Cumbernauld, until it is required in February 2017.
“The ethos of this project perfectly complements CMS’s culture of supporting community initiatives, and recycling and maximizing resources sustainably. It’s a great example of collaborative working bringing together businesses, community and academia.”
Bruce Dickson, Regional Director – Scotland at BAM Construction, commented: “At BAM we feel a strong connection to the Wikihouse project and the reaction from CMS when we asked if they would be interested in taking part in the next phase has been fantastic. Having them on board and working so positively with our team and the students from the Universities is a really good example of how the different parts of the construction industry can get together to think creatively and innovatively to produce what is shaping up to be a really positive outcome.”
Established in 2013 by the art and architecture collective Assemble and arts organisation Create, Baltic Street Adventure Playground is a free-of-charge supervised adventure playground for children up to 12 years. The venture aims to connect local families and children to build a sense of community, and actively support children’s physical, social, emotional and developmental well-being. As well as climbing frames, swings and tunnels, construction materials and tools are also available for the children to build their own dens and hide-outs. Specially trained play workers keep children safe, cook food on the campfire and support the children to pursue their own play, from make-believe to construction projects. In June, CMS donated £1000 to the Playground as part of its ‘ten donations for ten years’ anniversary initiative.
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