We held an activity day at the nursery we are building on our South West Regional Prime contract for a group of children from Woodentots nursery. It was a great opportunity to teach them about safety on an active building site and why machinery should always be used correctly.
The children had been showing keen interest in the project at HMS Collingwood and after successful completion of phase one of the project, our supply chain partners Building Integrated Services (BIS), who were undertaking the work, arranged for them to have the opportunity to access the site, safely, and get a closer look at the machinery being used to build their new facilities.
The budding builders were given mini hard hats and hi-vis waistcoats on arrival and were taken around the compound by John Cleary, Site Manager, and Paulo Hancox, Contracts Manager, where they were shown a range of machinery. The children were also able to sit on the diggers and dumpers and explore the foundations to their new purpose built nursery. John Cleary, named Mr Builder man by the children, spoke to them about the dangers, in a fun way, on a building site and answered any questions they had.
The project to build a new nursery for the children is due to complete in March 2018. There will be an opening ceremony in July where Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has agreed to officially open the new nursery.
The Nursery Director, Lucy Price, said, “This eagerly anticipated event was well received by the children. It has increased their awareness of what’s happening at the nursery and taught them about safety whilst in construction areas.”
Andy Tull, Managing Director of BIS, said, “Everyone had a great time, including Peter Robinson and Richard Donovan from CarillionAmey, Lucy Price and the staff at Woodentots Nursery. We would like to thank everyone for their involvement which really made the children feel part of the project to build their new nursery.”
Amanda Shearing, Corporate Communications and PR Coodinator Interserve, said, “The event went very successfully. John connected well with the children from what I observed and answered the lively questions from them with patience and good humour. I think they enjoyed their visit!”