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Portakabin Donates Recycled Timber For Giant Community Artwork To Welcome The Tour De France To York


Portakabin, the UK’s leading modular building manufacturer, has donated over 250sqm of recycled timber panels for an ambitious community arts project to welcome the 2014 Tour de France to the city of York.

The ‘Road Through York’ montage is based on an original piece of artwork by local artist, Karen Winship, and features some of the city’s most famous landmarks.  The painting spans 320sqm and was made from timber panels which were sized and supplied by Portakabin.  Local residents from the ages of two to 90 were then invited to help create the giant piece of land art which was put on display in front of the spectator stands when hundreds of riders set off for the York stage of the world’s most famous cycle race.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, City of York Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said, “This project was one of the centrepieces of the ‘York: Be Part of It’ arts and culture festival to give everyone a chance to get in the spirit of the Tour de France in York.  The recycled timber panels were such an essential part of the artwork and the generous contribution and input from Portakabin have been invaluable.”

Commenting on the project, Derek Carter, Chief Executive of the Portakabin Group, said, “We were absolutely delighted to be able to offer our support for such a fantastic project which has brought the local community together.  At Portakabin, we are continuously striving to find new ways to maximise recycling so from a sustainability perspective, we were more than happy to donate these materials.”

“As well as contributing to the painting, a number of Portakabin employees also volunteered as marshals for the race.  We are proud to have played a part in welcoming the Tour de France to York.”

In the last year, Portakabin has received a number of national and regional awards and accolades in recognition of its commitment to sustainability and community initiatives, including a Gold Award in the Business in the Community Environment Index, a Zero Waste Platinum Award, and York’s Think Green Business of the Year.                                                                                                                    

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