Children from Neston Primary School swapped thinking caps for hard hats when they entered a competition to create artwork about the Western Link project.
They celebrated their success in the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition and their work is displayed on a banner at a temporary compound on Park Lane, Thornton Hough, on the route of the underground cable for the Western Link project.
The underground cable is being laid by Prysmian Group, working with engineering company Siemens to deliver the Western Link project for National Grid and ScottishPower Transmission. The £1bn project will bring renewable energy from Scotland to homes and businesses in England and Wales.
Children aged between seven and ten participated in an ‘art day’ at the school hosted by Prysmian’s Community Relations Manager Sarah Hepburn. The focus of the day was to encourage the children to think about what the Neston area means to them – and then to visualise their thoughts in paintings.
“The paintings were very impressive,” said Sarah at the prize-giving ceremony. “The children obviously feel strongly about the environment where they live and we explained how the cable was being buried underground so they wouldn’t be able to see it. We’ve made the banner waterproof so we can hang it alongside our compound for everyone to see.”
Ivor Goodsite is used by companies participating in the Considerate Constructors Scheme to educate children about construction site safety. As part of this educational scheme, a national competition is held annually – and the children’s banner was a runner-up for 2014.
On behalf of Prysmian, Sarah Hepburn presented the children with a certificate from Ivor Goodsite, a medal and a reflective wristband and key-ring torch to help keep them safe during the darker winter days.
“Safety is very important to us in our work, and we think it’s important to get children to think about construction site safety,” added Sarah. “But we hope there will be a more lasting effect from this competition, and that is to encourage the children to consider a career in the construction industry in the future.”
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