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News archive - January/February 2019

Lossiemouth primary school wins UK CCS

Lossiemouth primary school wins UK CCS

A Balfour Beatty-supported competition entry with St Gerardines Primary in Lossiemouth has been announced as a UK winning entry in this year’s Considerate Constructors Scheme Honor Big Build competition.

As part of community benefits delivery on the new Lossiemouth High School, schools in the local area were provided with details on the CCS Honor Big Build competition and offered support to take part.

St Gerardine’s primary 3 classes recreated a model of their local church as part of this year’s competition.

Their final model included the creative use of red crisp packets to recreate the red slates on the church roof. The class had considered to best configuration of the packets to allow for water to run off the roof. The pupils also mixed sand and white paint together to make “harling”, a Scottish exterior building-surfacing technique.

Lossiemouth High School is being constructed by Balfour Beatty on behalf of hub North Scotland, Moray Council and Scottish Futures Trust.

This year’s competition saw many impressive models ranging from giant, menacing robots to emergency relief shelters. In one entry, 30 children from Brackla Primary School, Bridgend looked east for inspiration and reinterpreted India’s Taj Mahal. Under the guidance of a team from Knights Brown Construction, the students, from Years 3 and 4, first studied close-up photos of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, wearing their PPE, they began to assemble and paint their creation. Finally, they adorned it with mystical symbols and displayed it against a glittering backdrop.

The Big Build has now seen a second successful year in a row with 40 entries and over 1,000 children and adults taking part.

A spokesperson for the Considerate Constructors Scheme said: “All of the participants truly took on board the essence of the competition with the children displaying great teamwork and contractors sharing their knowledge of environmental sustainability as well as teaching their community groups all about the construction industry.”

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