The Tree House Centre, a new environmental education centre at Cannock Forest, Staffordshire was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne with Lex Russell, Vice President Aggregates and Tony Rowley, Development Manager Western region in attendance.
The new centre is sponsored by CEMEX UK. To commemorate the opening the Princess unveiled a plaque at the entrance of The Tree House and proceeded to watch local pupils from Colwich School at work in the 'eco-friendly sustainable' centre.
The Tree House Centre has been developed by the Forestry Commission in partnership with CEMEX and comprises of two classrooms, each accommodating up to 60 students, plus an entrance area with display space and staff offices.
It is a unique example of CEMEX's support and commitment to sustainable development, and is constructed from renewable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) -certified timber and includes passive solar heating, living Sedam roof, rain water harvesting technology, wood pellet heating system and high levels of insulation.
Outside the centre, CEMEX's Chelsea Readypave block paving has been used in the driveways to blend in with the rustic environment. It is expected that the new Centre will host over 15,000 young people of all ages each year.
Pupils will focus on a programme related to a range of outdoor subjects such as local wildlife, forestry and sustainability linked in to the National Curriculum.
CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. Additionally, the company is the leading supplier of concrete sleepers to the rail industry and a dominant supplier of PFA cement additives. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 600 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com