23rd Sep 2014

Community Groups' Prayers answered by contractor


Two community groups in Burton-on-Trent had their prayers answered by the contractor working on the St Modwen's school development.

Builder and developer Seddon carried out almost £10,000 of work for the 13th Burton-upon-Trent Scout Group and Carver Road Community Centre during the construction of the new 420 pupil school on Tutbury Road.

Seddon was awarded the construction of three new schools in Burton-on-Trent by ENTRUST property services in 2012, which included the newly-opened St Modwen's Primary School.

Workers from the company, which has offices in Stoke and Birmingham, erected a new perimeter fence for the Scout Group and security lighting for the community centre, saving them thousands of pounds in labour and materials.

Seddon decided to carry out the work for free after hearing of the groups’ plight from former local councillor Liz Staples. 

"I don’t know what we would have done if Seddon hadn’t offered to do the work,” says Margaret Clarke, of 13th Burton upon Trent Scout Group.

"We definitely didn’t have the funds to be able to pay for it ourselves.

"I had been praying for a solution and then suddenly my prayers were answered.

"I can’t tell you how much it means to 13th Burton Scout Group, we are over the moon with the work and we all now make sure that it is well maintained.”

The Scout’s old fence had fallen down and there were growing concerns for the safety of the children using the grounds, as they back on to the busy A38 dual carriageway.

Margaret added: "We had to make sure children didn’t go out unsupervised, but now the children can play freely and we can be safe in the knowledge they will be okay.”

The erection of the new perimeter fence saw Seddon clear the overgrowth and remove the remains of the old fence over the course of a week.

Cyril Wakefield, Construction Manager at Seddon, said: "We treated both projects like ordinary contracts, making sure that we carried out full risk assessments, giving exact start and completion dates.

"It was brilliant to be able to help the Scouts and the community centre, both of which carry out important work at the heart of the community.

"A number of the children who will start at the state-of-the-art St Modwen’s Primary School this month will benefit from the improvements we have made to these buildings and should ensure they remain safe and secure for the future.”

Shirley Barnes, Volunteer Secretary at Carver Road Community Centre, said: "We have waited 20 years for the lighting and now Seddon has really made a difference to all our users, particularly the elderly visitors and it has also assisted with the security of the building.”

The St Modwen’s Primary School development, designed and project managed by ENTRUST property services, enabled the school to move from its old site to a new two-storey building off Tutbury Road, which was officially opened by the Archbishop of Birmingham earlier this month.

The new building includes solar photovoltaic panels and a ground source heat pump and was completed by Seddon as part of its appointment to Staffordshire County Council’s school framework. 

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