A COLOURFUL hoarding designed to brighten up a Wearside building site has netted a national award.
Children from Southwick Community Primary School worked with housing company Keepmoat on the hoardings surrounding the nearby Gildacre Fields housing scheme being built for Housing and Care 21.
The youngsters’ creative ideas were then brought to life by graffiti artist Frank Styles, who spray-painted a work of art depicting Sunderland football shirts and the flags of the nations who took part in the World Cup.
Pupils from the school got involved in painting the huge murals by embellishing footballs all over the masterpiece.
Keepmoat were so impressed with the hoarding they entered it into the national Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Ivor Goodsite Community Hoarding Competition and it was chosen from more than 50 entries as one of five UK winners.
Mark Kearney, Operations Director at Keepmoat, said: “Sunderland has such a passion for football and this comes across loud and clear in the fantastic designs that have been created by the local community.”
Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, said: “The standard was extremely high this year and we were delighted that so many schools, children and organisations participated so enthusiastically.
“As well as being a great opportunity to promote site safety, it’s also about encouraging the next generation to become interested in construction. Contractors are taking the time to promote site safety to local children while showing them the benefits of working in construction.”
The care development is due to be finished in early 2016 and will provide homes for the over 55s. The scheme lies in Carlyhill Road in Southwick and includes a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom bungalows.
It will also include a range of communal areas including beauty and treatment rooms, an IT suite, internet café, community allotment and exhibition space.
Christine Bendall, from Housing and Care 21, said: “We’re delighted that the hoarding was chosen as a winner, especially as so many from the local area worked together to create the painted display. We are looking forward to welcoming residents to our apartments and bungalows and inviting the local community to use the facilities.”