INNOVATIVE designers who dreamt up a submerged learning centre which takes its energy from the elements have been inspired by sustainable living.
Taking their £24m new school site as inspiration, pupils from Highfield Humanities College designed an eco-friendly leaning centre to be stationed on Blackpool beach.
Now the children are looking at not only how they can improve the environment through sustainability but also for their own futures.
Year Nine pupils from the school on Highfield Road are looking into careers in green design after winning an international award for their design of the eco-friendly building for the resort’s beach.
Design Technology teacher Karl Hanrahan said he was immensely proud of the children’s win, and especially of the innovative ideas they employed for the building.
He said: “The children looked at the different technologies they could use, so it was naturally insulated and could use underground heating sources.
“They also put a vegetable patch in so the centre could grow potatoes as an organic source of fuel.”
Five children – Patrick Chow, Niall Stott, Emma Muspratt, Rachel Haynes and Carys Williams – designed the centre for users to learn about and benefit from the environment around them.
Mr Hanrahan said: “The idea was that the building would be submerged in the beach to make it an observation station and to use thermal heat sources to provide energy.”
The school is now looking to enter the The Council of Educational Facility Planners ‘School of the Future competition’ again after the group were the only UK winners at last year’s competition.
And the school is now looking at other ways it can incorporate sustainable practice into its curriculum and work around the new school buildings.
Mr Hanrahan added: “It’s helped us to educate children about green technologies and eco issues.”