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School Children Brighten Up Building Site at Farnborough International
Farnborough International and Hall 1 construction company, Wates hosted children from local schools to view the illustrations they submitted for a national hoarding competition. Their aviation themed designs were runners-up in the competition.
130 local school children have taken time out of the classroom to take part in a nationwide art competition at Farnborough International, where Wates Construction is building the new permanent Hall 1 facility at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Hosted by Wates, the ‘Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition’ saw children from South Farnborough Junior School and St Mark’s C of E Primary School create aviation themed paintings to decorate the hoardings of the building site.
Designed to help contractors educate children on construction site safety, the competition was coordinated by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), which works with the construction industry to promote positivity and engage with the local community.
To mark the competition the children visited the site to take part in a ceremonial time capsule burial followed by a site tour to see their work mounted on the hoardings. These included paintings of the Red Arrows, hot air balloons and aviation pioneer, Samuel Cody.
Attended by Mayor of Rushmoor, Cllr Sophia Choudhary and Farnborough International Venue Director, Michael Watton the visit also gave the children the chance to meet CCS mascot Ivor Goodsite alongside Farnborough International’s very own mascot, Captain Farnborough.
The competition forms part of Wates’ and Farnborough International’s efforts to engage the local community in its work at the venue, which is specifically targeted towards inspiring and educating local young people.
Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, commented:
“Aside from being extremely rewarding for our site teams, involving local schools in our work is a very valuable way of educating them on how to stay safe near a building site as well as giving them a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into construction.
“Our work at Farnborough International is going very well and we look forward to continuing our joint efforts with our client to support the local community as our work on site progresses.”
Farnborough International Venue Director, Michael Watton, also added:
“It was great to welcome the children to the see the site and their artwork on the hoarding. The art competition has allowed the kids to learn about Farnborough’s rich pioneering heritage, the airshow and Farnborough’s future as an exhibition and conference centre of national importance.”