Positive energy making a difference

HEC Paris | Sauvegarde des Yvelines

Over four Saturdays this autumn, around 140 MBA students at HEC Paris created an extensive scheme of work which will benefit many people for many years to come.

Our collaboration with the business school is being run in two phases, the first in October and November 2022 and the second in April 2023.

Some incredible facilities have been created at Buc Ressources, part of the Sauvegarde des Yvelines charity, which carries out vital research work in the socio, medical sector, fights for social inclusion and equality of opportunity, and provides training for caregivers. 

The medical facility requested a comprehensive scheme of development for its outdoor spaces which are used for training, physical rehabilitation and cognitive reasoning, group activities, team building and socialising. Ultimately, the projects will improve life for educators, students, patients, medical staff, visitors and families.

In groups of around 35 a day, the students used the Splash designs to plan organise, measure, cut, level and build the equipment, creating:

  • A seven-metre-wide octagonal shaded pergola with benches, centre seating and tables
  • A 7x4m bike shelter with felt roof
  • A two-tiered pergola with sun shades and built-in seating
  • A 20x8m city football stadium
  • A five-metre A-frame elevated bridge
  • A 19-metre-long decked pathway through the curved ornamental arches leading to a therapy garden of raised planters and trellis work with a post, rail and spindle fence

Tommy Trindall, Splash Project Manager for the programme, said: “The MBA students are at the end of a five-year course, so the projects gave them the opportunity to come together and put the theory they’ve learnt into practice.

“Working with them has been enlightening and invigorating. They brought a really positive energy and vibrancy to every phase of the vision Sauvegarde des Yvelines had for the development at Buc Ressources.

“They have created a collection of structures that will make a real difference to the daily lives of the children, families and caregivers in Yvelines.”