from Birmingham, Nuneaton and Burton-on-Trent schools were among visitors to Open Doors events held by national construction
specialist Seddon – which has offices in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent - inviting
members of the public to visit its construction site in Burton-on-Trent, where
the company is building the brand-new Scientia Academy primary school.
had the opportunity to tour the Burton development, meet the construction team
and find out about industry careers. The state-of-the-art Academy is being
built by Seddon for Staffordshire County Council and Entrust. Sponsored by the
REAch2 (Raising Educational Achievement for Children) Academy Trust, it will
accommodate 420 pupils, helping meet the demand for more primary school places locally.
Scientia Academy events formed part of a national Open Doors weekend organised by leading industry bodies the UK
Contractors Group, Chartered Institute of Building, the Considerate
Constructors Scheme and training organisation CITB.
to the Burton development included Scientia Academy pupils, who were able to
look round their future new school building, as well as meet Seddon company
‘ambassador’ Seddy Bear. Teenaged students from Balaam Wood Academy,
Birmingham, and The Nuneaton Academy, Nuneaton, also visited the development.
Wood Academy deputy head Liz Davis says: "The visit was a great success
and extremely well organised; as well as a tour of the new Academy in hard hats
and high visibility vests, pupils were set a challenge to design, create and
sell their own housing village to the Seddon team. Pupils presented their ideas
and were given feedback and the winning team won £50 vouchers. The pupils loved
the day and have learnt about the different jobs in the construction industry.
The company were superb with the pupils and so many people gave up their time
to inspire them; they can't wait to come back!"
included a presentation from the project team about the Scientia Academy
project and a tour of the development focusing on the technical innovations
being used and the different construction tradespeople working on the new
building. The tour also featured some fun activities in the site office and the
chance to speak to the Seddon team about jobs in construction, apprenticeships
and other training opportunities.
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.