13 August 2015
School children get hands on at Cardiff building site
Pupils at a Cardiff school got hands on at a local building site to learn more about construction.
Year 5 pupils at St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Gabalfa, donned high-vis jackets and hard hats for a visit to the former St Winefride’s nursing home and hospital in Pontcanna.
The youngsters had a tour, health and safety session and a talk about jobs in a built up environment at St Winefride’s, where a new 73-bed care centre is being built. They were also given the opportunity to try their hands at being architects for the day, being set their very own design challenge to complete during the visit.
The development from 55Plus and Principality Commercial, the commercial arm of Principality Building Society, is expected to be completed in spring 2016.
The scheme, which is being constructed by Jehu and is designed by Rio Architects, will create 40 construction jobs, along with further care and support jobs once the project is completed.
CSR & Training Coordinator with Jehu Project Services, Bernie Mark, organised the visit. She said, “We have been delighted at the response of the pupils and teachers to the project. We’ll be visiting the school in September to announce the results to the challenge.
“It is an ideal opportunity to introduce children to the built environment and help them to see the challenges of the industry in a positive way. We would love to see them back again on site to view the project when it is near completion.”