This is an archived press release
Tuesday 15 July 2014
Students of all ages coming into the Peak District National Park to learn more about the area now have two brand new 'classrooms' to use – one indoors and one outdoors – thanks to support from Hope Construction Materials.
The company has developed two versatile areas at its Cement Works in the Hope Valley: a fully kitted out indoor classroom which is in the company's social club adjacent to the Works; and an outdoor learning space in the wooded area near the social club.
Working with the Peak District National Park Authority's Learning and Discovery Team, Hope Construction Materials has developed these classrooms to offer much needed outreach educational facilities. In addition to giving students easy access to the surrounding Peak District National Park, the location of the classrooms also offers them a chance to see an important industrial operation up close.
The indoor classroom can accommodate up to 25 students and offers audio-visual and IT facilities. The outdoor space has a wooden seated area and enables students to take a closer look at local biodiversity.
Hope Works manufactures around 1.5 million tonnes of cement for use in a range of construction activities around the UK including housing, roads and other transport projects. The Works, which celebrates its 85th birthday this year, has a long-standing commitment to supporting communities and education: this link-up with the Peak District National Park Authority enables the company to extend that commitment even further.
Peak District National Park Authority chief executive, Jim Dixon visited the site this week to officially open the Works educational facilities and to see them being used for the first time by 90 students from a school in Walsall.
Jim Dixon said: "This is a fantastic new facility that will help more young people experience the wonder of nature in the Peak District National Park. The site is ideally located for children from surrounding cities to have a rewarding day learning about nature, the National Park and Hope Cement Works. We share a common interest in the geology of the Peak District."
Hope Construction Materials Industrial Director, Ashley Bryan commented: "For many years the team here at Hope Works has been involved in supporting education locally and nationally. We are closely connected with Hope Valley College and other local schools and we host visits from schools right around the UK. The development of these classrooms has enabled us to enhance our educational offering and give the Peak Park much needed space. The location of these classrooms in and around our site social club also helps us highlight this community facility. In our 85th year this seems like a very appropriate and practical way in which Hope Construction Materials can make a difference."
Picture caption: New indoor and outdoor (pictured) classrooms will help people learn about the Peak District National Park and Hope Cement Works