On Monday, 150 children from two local primary schools visited Braywick Leisure Centre to see their own works of art unveiled at the construction site, where works are being carried out on behalf of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
Children from Holy Trinity CofE Primary School and Lowbrook Academy were invited by Wates Construction to create a painting that would be installed on the hoarding in the car park of Braywick Leisure Centre, with the theme of Sport and the Arts.
Following the unveiling, the children were shown around the site where they were able to learn about the new building. Before they went back to school, the children also took part in a presentation to congratulate them on their art, with prizes awarded for the best paintings. For the ceremony, the children were joined by a member of the Wates site team dressed up in a character costume. Honor Goodsite, is the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) female mascot for the construction industry, intended to help promote the industry and inspire young children to consider a career in construction.
This event is part of the national Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) Hoarding Painting Competition, which aims to enable children of all ages to unleash their artistic skills on site hoardings, which become large canvases for their creations.
Speaking on behalf of all staff at Lowbrook Academy and Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Margaret Brown said:
Children were given a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their artwork on an outside gallery and loved looking at their own and others work which were all fantastic and varied.
They were all very interested in the construction of the site and asked excellent questions on sustainability and habitat. All the children are looking forward to using the new leisure facilities in 2020. We would like to thank Wates Construction for inviting us to take part in this inclusive community event.
Daniel, a Year 5 pupil at Lowbrook Academy, who won first prize for his painting of a car, commented:
I felt very excited that everyone was looking at my painting. I did not expect to win and loved my sketch pad and palette it was a great prize which Im definitely going to use in the future.
Fellow Year 5 classmate, Alex added:
It was great. They told us about how they constructed the site and how they looked after the habitats particularly the slow worm.
Works at the Braywick Leisure Centre are being carried out by Wates on behalf of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and were procured via Major Works UK, part of Scapes National Construction framework. The framework has been designed to deliver significant levels of local economic engagement as well as extensive community initiatives.
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director at Wates Construction, said:
We are always looking for ways to support the local community and to provide opportunities for children to be introduced to the construction going on where they live.
This new leisure centre for Braywick Park will be a place for these children to use and enjoy so it is fantastic that they have been able to get involved in this project. We are very thankful for their wonderful artwork.
Once complete, the new facility will include a 10-lane swimming pool, larger training and splash pools, a 200-station gym, four squash courts, a larger sports hall, improved accessibility for disabled users and sports teams, and 500 car parking spaces double the amount previously available.
Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, said:
Being a Scape framework delivery partner requires strong levels of community collaboration and its great to see Wates engaging with local children to provide exciting and positive experiences around the site. We hope this initiative will inspire the next generation to consider construction as a career themselves.