3rd Sep 2013

Seddon invites visitors 'behind the scenes' at Burton's new Scientia Academy

National construction specialist Seddon will host Open Doors events on 27 and 28 September at its construction project in Mona Road, Burton-on-Trent, where the company is building the brand-new Scientia Academy.

Visitors will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the new primary school development as well as meet the construction team and find out about working in the industry. The state-of-the-art Academy, sponsored by the REAch2 (Raising Educational Achievement for Children) Academy Trust, will accommodate 420 pupils.

The Scientia Academy events form part of a national Open Doors weekend where construction sites will be opened up to the public, enabling them to discover more about the sector and career opportunities. It has been organised by leading industry bodies the UK Contractors Group, Chartered Institute of Building, the Considerate Constructors Scheme and training organisation CITB.

Seddon has organised two-hour guided site visits at the Scientia Academy from 10am to noon and 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Friday, 27 September, and from 10am to noon on Saturday, 28 September. To book, please register at www.opendoorsweekend.co.uk

Visits will include a presentation from the project team about the Scientia Academy project and a tour of the development focusing on the machinery and technical innovations in use at the site and the different construction tradespeople working on the new building. The tour will also include some fun activities for visitors in the site office and the chance to speak to the Seddon team about jobs in construction, apprenticeships and other training opportunities.

Seddon business unit manager Richard Sapcote says: "This is a great opportunity to find out more about the modern construction industry and speak to the people working in it. We believe in working closely with local communities. Events like this enable the public to find out more about what we do and help us attract new people into the business – something which is essential to ensure that we continue to have a skilled workforce able to meet the demands of today’s construction sector.”

Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, says:

"We are very excited about the new school which will provide additional, much needed school places in the Burton area. The state-of-the-art school is being built using some of the latest technology available. The open days will provide a great opportunity for anyone interested in a career in construction to get a first-hand glimpse of what it's like to work in the sector."

The new Scientia Academy building – which is set to be completed in January 2014 - is being built using a sustainable timber frame system which is manufactured off-site. Benefits from the off-site method include high quality standards, increased air tightness and reduced waste.

The new Academy, which will help meet the demand for more primary school places in Burton-on-Trent, will include a modern IT suite, a sensory centre and sporting facilities including tennis courts.

Seddon has already held tours of the Scientia Academy site for children set to attend the new school and their parents. The Academy – on the site of the former Belvedere Sports and Social Club - is one of three brand-new primary schools which Seddon is building for Staffordshire County Council. The company is also building a brand-new home for St Modwen’s Primary School and nearing completion of the new Christ Church Primary School in Dale Street.

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