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Building blocks of learning

12th November 2020

PROCAST’S Lisamarie Innes proved that life can be all work AND play when she visited the children from Whitelees Nursery in Lanarkshire, which is undergoing a comprehensive makeover.

The little ones have been moved to Abronhill Community Centre in Cumbernauld while Procast complete the nine-month, £500,000 refurbishment.

So the opportunity presented itself to allow the company to explain to the children the reasons behind the temporary move and use the occasion to provide them with an understanding of the building industry.

Lisamarie hosted a play-based learning workshop with a focus on construction, and it went down a storm – the kids talked about it for days afterwards, according to the teachers!

The day featured animated talks about personal protection equipment, tools, safety and construction protocols and more practical activities involving building blocks and other construction materials, the use of toy tools and the wearing of protective helmets, goggles and over-sized boots.

Great fun was had by all during the event, which formed part of Procast’s tailor-made School Educational Programme that has been created and developed by Lisamarie, who is the company’s Developing the Young Workforce Officer.

The work at Whitelees, which is due to be completed on December 22, 2020, involves an extension of the school to provide additional nursery facilities comprising:

  • New mess play area
  • New multi-purpose room
  • Additional bathroom facilities
  • Kitchen and laundry room
  • External play area

The school is continuing to function with the exception of the nursery, and this means that careful management of the project is critical.

There are three significant challenges associated with the project:

  • Managing disruption to the primary school and wider local community
  • Co-ordinating and carrying out service connection and new installations in a live school and playground area
  • Segregation of works and vehicles from schoolchildren

Procast director Frank McManus said: “The new facilities will be a great addition to the school and the wider community, and we are looking forward to handing it over to the clients at North Lanarkshire Council at the end of the year.”

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