It was an eventful morning recently for the children at St Helens Primary School, Swansea when staff from construction company Morganstone and Coastal Housing carried out a site safety talk and launched a school project in relation to redevelopment work at the Leonard Charles building, Oxford Street, Swansea. The Leonard Charles building which is a short walk from the school is a former department store which will be converted to residential and commercial units.
The school children watched a video on the dangers of building sites. After the video had finished, Peter Rees, contracts manager for Morganstone and Ivor Goodsite, a costumed character developed by the Considerate Constructors Scheme engaged with school pupils to encourage safety on and around construction sites.
Following on from Ivor’s visit Morganstone’s Community Engagement Manager Antonia John, Site Manager Craig Edwards and Coastal Housing’s Employability and Skills Manager, Clare Watkins launched a site safety poster competition and school project to Year 4. Year 4 were tasked with designing a site safety poster warning of the dangers of a building site which will be displayed at the Leonard Charles Development.
Throughout the next school year in Year 5 the class will carry out a school project on the development and will follow the progress of Leonard Charles redevelopment by visiting the site and learning about careers and opportunities in construction.
Peter Rees, contracts manager for Morganstone, said:
“Although Ivor brings a bit of fun to these visits, we still have a very serious message to give about the dangers of construction sites. The children always respond really well to the video, and we look forward to seeing the entries for the poster competition, when the lucky winners will have their poster put up outside the site.”