Specifier Review
The Welwyn Outdoor Classroom

Recycled classroom offers a lesson in saving the environment

An outdoor classroom made in the UK from recycled plastics provides a cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to wooden buildings.

The Welwyn Outdoor Classroom, new from Marmax Products, accommodates 30 to 35 children on built-in benches around the internal perimeter, with plenty of floorspace for additional seating or tables.

The hexagonal classroom with its large windows gives a ‘close to nature’ feel and is ideal for environmental studies. Each classroom saves 61,490 one-litre milk containers from landfill – and, as the material does not rot, corrode or splinter, it is completely maintenance free.

Marmax is offering a 10 per cent discount on sales during 2012 as an introductory offer.

The Welwyn Outdoor Classroom is made from 100% HDPE recycled plastics, with a galvanized steel frame to ensure maximum strength and support. The material is resistant to weather damage and to vandalism and graffiti, which can be wiped off with white spirit. It is less flammable than wood and falls under rating class 3 in accordance with BS 576. As plastic retains latent heat, it is also warmer to the touch and more comfortable during cold spells.

Tracey Scott, Marmax Products’ Sales and Marketing Manager, said: “Initial sales show that the new classroom is proving popular with schools as a location to teach children about nature and the environment.  The outdoor feel helps to set the scene and the fact that it is made from recycled milk bottles illustrates the theme perfectly.

“Schools tell us they are choosing it in place of a wooden building because they prefer to use recycled products where possible, and also because of the significant ongoing savings. HDPE is extremely durable. Not only is there no maintenance cost but the material has a lifespan of five times that of timber with little sign of visible wear.”

The Welwyn Outdoor Classroom comes in flatpack form complete with fixings and instructions and is available in a range of colours. See www.marmaxproducts.co.uk for further information or call 01207 283442.