How Hull school children will help bring a bit of colour to Holderness Road

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Jul 2017

School children will add a bit of colour to Holderness Road while the leisure centre goes under major refurbishment.

Estcourt and Mersey primary schools, as well as St Anne’s Community Special School in Welton, took part in a national competition to have their artwork placed on the boards running around Woodford Leisure Centre.

Ran by construction firm Hobson & Porter, which is currently refurbishing the leisure centre, it will help spruce up the street while the work is carried out.

Hull pupils have been voted second in a national competition for artwork to go up around Woodford Leisure Centre

Project manager Kevin Harrison said: “The children from all three schools showed real keenness to learn about the work we are doing at Woodford and the importance of site safety in the construction industry.

"It was great to see their eagerness to understand more about the work at Woodford, and their artwork was wonderfully thoughtful and creative.

“It is clear that they put a lot of effort into their work and they have been rewarded by having their designs named the second-best site hoarding in the country. Congratulations to them all.”

Woodford Leisure Centre in Holderness Road is undergoing a major refurbishment

The pupils contributed creative and imaginative designs relating to safety on site, as part of the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition, held by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The initiative was created to help construction teams work with communities and involve young people by helping to make them aware of the potential dangers of construction sites.

As part of Hull City Council’s multi-million pound development project, Woodford Leisure Centre is undergoing extensive refurbishment works.

When complete, the leisure centre will boast a new 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool and a 10-metre beginners’ pool.

Winners of the Ivor Goodsite competition receive a range of prizes, including personalised t-shirts and other goodies. All pupils who enter also receive a medal and fun pack for taking part.

The three schools were voted the second-best in the country for their hoarding artwork

Dave Blades, Hobson & Porter’s business development director, said: “The Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition is a brilliant initiative which helps construction companies educate children about site safety while also allowing them to be creative and learn more about the industry.

“It is also an early introduction to the construction industry, and can inspire future generations to consider a career in construction.

"Congratulations to all the schools that worked with us on the Woodford Leisure Centre site hoarding, they can be very proud of their achievements.”

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