Schoolkids complete giant tyre wall at eco centre

TYRE-D OUT! -- Newstead Primary School pupils Dana-Elise Moore and Aron Haywood help put the final tyre into the 'Earthship' wall, with volunteers Chelsea Harris, Mark Waterhouse, Rob Milliken, project manager Mike Bailey and contracts manager Christy Merriman
TYRE-D OUT! -- Newstead Primary School pupils Dana-Elise Moore and Aron Haywood help put the final tyre into the 'Earthship' wall, with volunteers Chelsea Harris, Mark Waterhouse, Rob Milliken, project manager Mike Bailey and contracts manager Christy Merriman
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THE WHEELS were put in motion for youngsters from Newstead Primary School to help complete a giant tyre wall, which is part of a new eco-friendly visitor-centre.

Pupils Aron Haywood and Dana-Elise Moore joined volunteers to position the last earth-filled, recycled tyre in the unique wall, which forms part of the ‘Earthship’ building at the newly-created Newstead and Annesley Country Park.

More than 1,200 tyres were used in the wall, which is believed to be one of the biggest of its kind in the world and was designed by award-winning architect Anthony Thistleton-Smith.

The visitor centre itself, which is being built with the help of volunteers, has been funded from more than £400,000 earned through the BBC TV-backed Village SOS scheme.

Said Mr Thistleton-Smith: “There has generally been a huge amount of enthusiasm from the community and beyond.”

The youngsters were invited to the centre by the project’s main contractor, Merrimans.

Mike Bailey, who is project manager at Merrimans, said: “We have been privileged to work on this unique project and it seems fitting that we have included youngsters who represent the future and older volunteers who have been representative of the community’s industrial past.”

The new visitor-centre will also boast an earth roof to reduce water run-off, along with special triple glazing, thermal insulation and low-energy light bulbs and appliances to ensure it is as energy efficient as possible.

Officials behind the scheme hope to attract about 100,000 visitors by the time it reaches its fifth birthday. The project is due to be completed by August.