Liphook Junior School - Eco Houses


Young designers in Year 5 at Liphook C of E Junior School have been busy over the Easter Holidays creating their eco-house models designs round a basic wooden cube (15cm³) for a school project entitled “What a load of rubbish”.

Before Easter, the children put together their wooden doweling cubes in a design and technology lesson and were asked to think about how they could build a model house with a sustainable future in mind.

This followed an earlier school trip to the Sustainability Centre in East Meon, where the children were shown how to live in a more ecologically responsible and environmentally friendly way.

On Tuesday 23rd April, the children staged an exhibition of their eco-house designs and Janet Hammerton, Education Coordinator at the Sustainability Centre was invited into the school to judge the designs.

Speaking after the judging, Janet Hammerton, Education Coordinator at the Sustainability Centre said:

“I was very impressed by the standard of the children’s work. At the Sustainability Centre we offer a centre for learning about how to protect our environment and its precious resources. When they visited us, the children learned how we can all make greener, healthier and more ethical choices. Their eco-house project demonstrates how that thinking was at the heart of their designs”.
Three of the children’s winning eco-house models, from each of the Year 5 classes, will go on display in the education room at the Sustainability Centre.

In addition, local estate agents, Clarke Gammon Wellers will be exhibiting three of the eco-houses at their Liphook Office. They learnt of the design project through Angela Lansley, their Administrator/Negotiator in the Liphook Office, whose children attend Liphook Junior School, and were keen to promote the children’s work.

Ian Smith, Manager of the Liphook Office, explained:
“More and more buyers are now considering the environmental impact of the homes they are looking to buy. With nearly all properties on the market being advertised with an Energy Performance Certificate and both planners and builders keen to use environmental innovations in new home construction, we are entering a new era of eco awareness in the property market. It is fascinating to see what tomorrow’s house buyers may be looking for in the homes of the future.”

Commenting after the exhibition, the school’s Executive Head teacher, Ms Michele Frost said:

“It is important for our children to understand their impact on the environment and to think about how they can reduce that impact as they grow up. I would also like to thank the Sustainability Centre for helping to explain this to the children and for showing the children’s models outside Liphook. I am grateful to Clarke Gammon Wellers for offering to exhibit the children’s work in our community”.

CGW Winners photos;
Angela with Alex Keens and his amazing tree house!
Angela with Rory Williamson – complete with chicken house in the garden!
Ellie Matthews with her shop!
David Strugnell-Smiths brilliant Hobbit House!