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Schoolchildren get hands-on site experience in Essex

7 June 2019

Pupils from Bournes Green School try their hand at bricklaying Anna Lukala

Pupils at Writtle Junior School in Chelmsford have designed and planned their own “learning pod” classroom over the past three years, in a project championed by CIOB past president Chris Chivers and Mike Bradburn MCIOB from Fairfield Holdings.

The build is in progress this summer term and the children have had to work through the whole project, engaging with architects, surveyors and lawyers.

As a result of the project’s success, the headteacher is looking to launch a national competition for all primary schools to have the opportunity to construct their dream classroom, and to include it in the national curriculum.

Elsewhere in the county 15 pupils from Bournes Green School, Southend, joined Barnes Construction at its site for a new Havens Hospices In-Patient Unit. They were given a tour of the site and learned about the hospice as well as getting their hands dirty.

David Faichney, contracts manager for Barnes Construction, was on hand to help the children gain new bricklaying skills. He said: “It has been really great to get the kids involved and show them a few building skills, you never know a few of them may even pursue construction as a career.”

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