Simons "Build Safer" with local schoolchildren
Simons Group are continuing their commitment to health and safety by engaging schoolchildren and students in a "Simon Says" character design competition.
Last week, members of Simons Group visited schoolchildren at St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School and spoke to the children about health, safety and sustainability. The pupils discussed the risks on a construction site and looked at what goes into Simons’ sites to ensure risks are reduced. One of the schoolchildren was also announced as the winner of the company’s
‘Simons Says’ competition, designing a costume to help communicate health, safety and environmental messages to children on future Simons Construction sites. Alessandro Tasselli (11) was presented with an iPad Mini and it was announced that Simons will be working on a new project for St Hugh’s. The company’s project team currently working on the major refurbishment for the Waterside Shopping Centre will create a new range of vegetable patches for the different age groups, engaging the children in how to grow vegetables in different seasons.
Headteacher Gregory Hughes said, "We were thrilled to have been shortlisted for such a fantastic competition, but to have actually produced the winning design is something to be really proud of. Alessandro will be moving onto his Secondary School in the Autumn but leaving behind a wonderful gift that will be used and enjoyed by the pupils of St Hugh’s for many years to come. It’s great to see a Lincolnshire based company such as Simons supporting local primary schools. This has been a very exciting project to be involved in and we look forward to seeing the design take shape!"
The aim of the ‘Simons Says’ project is to engage with the community to help improve the image of construction, in line with the company’s ‘Building Safer’ and ‘Building Greener’ policies. The project has been taken to fashion students at the University of Lincoln and development will continue on the company’s other projects to encourage a nationwide awareness.
The children will be visiting the site in due course, where they will be able to see their drawings cover the site hoardings, as well as meet the team behind the works.