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Cardboard School Room



The Cardboard Building, at Westborough Primary School in Westcliff, took four years to build and is Europe's first building made from exclusively recycled cardboard materials.

The walls, roof and supporting beams are all made from recycled cardboard which was developed from materials the school had collected. All the furniture within the building is made from old materials, which have either been recycled or re-used. Even the garden has been designed from sustainable resources: old chimney pots, railway sleepers and cockle shells from the nearby beach.

This programme takes a look inside Westborough School and the revolutionary design of the Cardboard Building, and follows the continuing sustainable development work in the construction of the playground.

The experience shows how the development of an acclaimed work of architecture has been used as a teaching aid to support the children?s learning, and how it inspires the pupils to follow careers in design and architecture.

Published : Jan 2006

15 mins



Whole School Issues

Primary School Buildings

Primary Sustainability


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