Successful Student Community Project Nears Completion

Wednesday, 08 December 2010


Architecture student Andy Edwards is in the final stages of creating a composting toilet for the Pullens Lane allotments community group.

Architecture student Andy Edwards is in the final stages of creating a composting toilet for the Pullens Lane allotments community group.

The toilet is one of five student community projects that were funded this semester. Other projects include the creation of a monthly dance, drama and music club for local teenagers and the setting up of a sewing group in Rose Hill for Somali women.

Andy was awarded the maximum grant of £500 to create this low impact, low maintenance and valuable amenity at the Pullens Lane allotments.

Not only will the toilet provide a much needed place for the allotment holders to take a break, it also means that the waste can be recycled, saving money and energy by biologically converting human and household waste such as vegetable peelings into compost.

All materials used to build the structure have been recycled (including a cable wheel from the Gipsy Lane campus redevelopment site being used to assemble the roof) and gives the students involved the chance to learn about sustainable construction.

Andy said: “This is an excellent opportunity for architecture students at Oxford Brookes University to engage with the local community in a positive way whilst also learning practical, hands-on construction skills. The group are applying innovative design to local waste and used materials to create something which will be functional, beautiful and a much-needed amenity for Pullens Lane.”