Kier have been contracted to construct a new building at the Yew Tree Primary School in the East Midlands by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), taking the opportunity to organise a ‘Building Week’ to educate the young pupils about the work going on.
The construction of the new building falls under the East Midlands Priority School Building Programme 2 (PSBP2), with the build itself being two-storeys high and including six infant classrooms, eight junior classrooms, a main hall, a drama studio, library resource centre, SEN provision, and ancillary teaching facilities.
Meanwhile, the ‘Building Week’ was a tremendous success that featured student receiving a site tour, a question and answer session with the project team, assemblies regarding building design that were given by representative from Kier’s design team partners, Maber Architects and Cundall Engineering, as well as several activities and competitions.
The activities and competitions themselves included bricklaying activities and guessing the number of bricks it would take to build the new school building, which was organised by Caxton Builders, in addition to den building, building models of famous buildings, and making wooden models, which would be judged before prizes were donated by Kier supply chain partner C G Reynolds.
The winner of the brick guessing competition won a bike that was donated by Caxton Builder.
The Kier Project Manager, Terry Robertson stated: “We were pleased to be able to come and do a ‘Building Week’ at Yew Tree Primary. It is important to engage with the next generation and teach them about the built environment and it was very encouraging to see all of the pupils take a great interest in the group and activities.
“Thank you to Mrs. Hawkins for being so enthusiastic about teaching the pupils about the built environment and letting us do this activity and to all of our supply and design chain partners who helped us make this week a success.”
The Headteacher at Yew Tree Primary School, Rachel Hawkins added: “Pupils had a fantastic opportunity to learn about their new school at Yew Tree. They met people within the construction industry and found out about the amazing work they do.
Each class visited the construction site in hard hats and high viz jackets. Thank you Kier for making our construction week such a success.”
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