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It’s all an art – designing safety signs

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

It’s all an art – designing safety signs

Ensuring youngsters are aware of the dangers of building sites prompted local Kent-based construction company Chartway Construction to work with a local primary school close to the homes they were building on behalf of Clarion Housing Group in Castle Hill Ebbsfleet.

Site Project Manager Stephen Connor worked with staff at Cherry Orchard Primary Academy to organise an art competition in which the whole school could get involved. The children designed Safety on Site signs, helping to make them aware of the dangers and good practice. From the hundred entries, three winners were chosen by the Castle Hill site team, Stephen Connor, Melvyn Tapp and Callum Driver.

Ian Savage, CEO of Coxheath-based Chartway Construction, presented the prizes, a tablet for the winner and a Chemistry set and Art Compendium for the two runners up.

‘As a construction company, we are only too aware of how exciting it might seem to young people to venture onto building sites and are always keen to impart safety guidance to the public, however young they are.

‘An art competition was a great idea, and we are really impressed with the standard of the entries and particularly the winner’s designs. We are delighted that the top twenty designs are now all displayed on the Castle Hill site fencing, showing passers-by what dangers are on construction sites and the importance of staying away from them’ says Ian Savage

Victoria Finch, Clarion Regional Sales Director, said, “At Clarion, we work with contractors who share our commitment to the communities we operate in. So it is great to see Chartway engaging with the local school to raise awareness in a fun and relatable way around the issue of health and safety at construction sites. It’s been fantastic to see the winning designs on the fencing around the site, and all of the Cherry Orchard pupils should feel really proud of their ideas’.

Cherry Orchard Primary Academy Principle Julie Forsythe said, “The children thoroughly enjoyed designing the safety signs. Having the signs posted in our local community really showed the children how much of a voice they have and the difference they can make, something we think is very important. Thank you, Chartway, for helping Cherry Orchard Children make a difference.”