Marksbury Road pupils invited onto building site to learn about safety

Published on: 27 Nov 2017

Marksbury Road pupils at the Galliford try building site

CHILDREN from Oasis Academy Marksbury Road were invited onto the neighbouring building site where 75 new homes are being built to raise awareness of Road Safety Week, the UK's biggest road safety event.

The Year 2 pupils took part in demonstrations from stafff at builder Galliford Try on how to cross a road safely using the Green Cross Code, before venturing onto the site where they learned about the importance of road safety around potentiallly dangerous construction vehicles, including a forklift and a crane.

Road Safety Week is coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. It aims to inspire thousands of schools, organisations and communities to take action on road safety and promote life-saving messages. 

Clare Robinson, principal at Oasis Academy, said: “Year 2 had a great time visiting the site and careful planning from the site team meant that the children had a brilliant experience. Galliford Try Partnerships provided the children with a great session on road safety and this will be so beneficial to them as the development progresses. They also got an opportunity to view the site and machinery and their little treat bags went down a storm too! Thank you to all involved who helped make this such a success.”

The pupils were joined by two members of the Galliford Try Partnerships team who donned the aptly named “Honor Goodsite” and “Ivor Goodsite” industry mascot suits, before heading back to school with a Road Safety Week goody bag.

Kathryn Pennington, development director at Galliford Try Partnerships West, said: “We take our responsibilities as a developer very seriously and I’m delighted that we could work with Oasis Academy to support Road Safety Week as it’s such an important topic for young children. We hope that the pupils took away some key messages and that they had a bit of fun too! The event was also a great opportunity to get young girls and boys onto site and inspire and excite them about a career in construction.”

Galliford Try Partnerships is rebuilding the former City of Bristol College site on Marksbury Road. Working with Bristol City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Sovereign Housing Association, it will provide 75 new homes, including 36 affordable homes, which will be sold under the group’s Linden Homes brand.

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