Kier, a leading infrastructure services, buildings and housings & development group, has held a ‘Building Week’ for pupils at Yew Tree Primary school, where it is delivering a brand-new two-storey building on site.

The new building will replace one of the existing buildings on site, and, with the build situated within the footprint of the existing school, Kier project manager Terry Robertson, CSR coordinator Hannah Cole and other members of the Kier project team, wanted to teach pupils about the works taking place.

Working with the headteacher Mrs Hawkins, the Kier team were able to arrange ‘Building Week’. At the beginning of the week, Kier held a series of assemblies to introduce the pupils to the built environment and more specifically structure and design.

As part of the week, each class had a site tour and were able to ask the project team any questions they had about the scheme. Kier design team partners, Maber Architects and Cundall Engineering sent along representatives who gave talks on how buildings are designed and where a building gets its strength and rigidity from.

Additionally, Caxton Builders planned a series of brick laying activities, where pupils were able to experience bricklaying and the pupils were able to take part in a ‘guess how many bricks it will take to build your new school competition’ to win a bike donated by Caxtons.

At the end of the week, pupils were set challenges to put into practice what they had learnt. These included den building, building models of famous buildings and wooden models; these were judged and prizes, donated by Kier supply chain partner C G Reynolds, were handed out to pupils.

Kier project manager Terry Robertson, said: “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.”

Rachel Hawkins, headteacher at Yew Tree Primary School, said: “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.”

Kier was appointed to deliver the design and build of the new building at Yew Tree Primary School under the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) East Midlands Priority School Building Programme 2 (PSBP2). The new 2,700m² building will replace one of the existing buildings on site, which will be demolished upon completion. It will be spread over two-storeys and include six Infant classrooms & eight Junior classrooms, a main hall, a drama studio, library resource centre, SEN provision and ancillary teaching facilities.


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