After more than six months’ joint work between the Hanover10:10 action group and the Hanover Community Association, we drew in the University of Brighton to launch the Student Projects on 25th February. Some will be completed in June 2012, and others preparing students for projects in 2012-13. These projects are key foundations in our efforts to improve The Hanover Centre building, and show users and local residents what can be done to reduce carbon/energy bills in their own homes. Six enthusiastic students from the University of Brighton, with lecturer Jon Gates, are working in the first half of 2012 on a range of student work programmes to scope out the changes needed to the building and the way it is used.
Speaking of their project aims University of Brighton student volunteer Matt Jones said “I am very interested in developing my transferable skills and this project offers me the opportunity to experience the issues related with low carbon retrofit and to experience working within the community in promoting sustainability”. Hanover10:10 have been coordinating arrangements to ensure that this is the start of a new future for the aging Victorian community Centre building, and a demonstration of the positive impact in our community that the local students are providing. Dr Jon Gates, University of Brighton: “The project provided an excellent opportunity for our students to contribute to the wider community on the issue of sustainability which is a strong theme in their degree programmes”.