We are currently on site constructing the new Fleetwood Town FC Training Facility in Thornton, Lancashire.
Due to the nature and location of this scheme, it has acquired a large interest from stakeholders, local residents, businesses and football fans. As part of this we have maintained a clear strategy for community engagement.
To evidence this engagement we have been heavily involved with a local primary school situated almost adjacent to the site. Prior to commencement on site we had a meeting with the head teacher to determine how we could get involved with the school, and therefore leave a legacy.
Our approach to this has been three-fold:-
- We initially provided 2 classes with tours around safe areas of the site to teach the pupils about building materials and safety – something that they were learning about in their classroom.
- A few days after the site visit, we went back to school with our health and safety mascot, Isla Be Safe to host an assembly to the whole school about how we stay safe on site. At the end of the health and safety assembly we launched an art competition to school to design a poster to illustrate good site safety. The winning drawings were provided with art packs and stationary, with their designs printed onto a banner and fixed to the site hoarding.
- Lastly, we held a brief classroom session with the pupils who had visited the site tour to show them site drawings and plans. The pupils were then asked to create their own site drawing of how they’d like their playground to look. The school chose the winning submission and in liaison with our dedicated supply chain groundworkers, JLC, we managed to create the pupils vision of a landscaped area with a mountain, lazy river and insect hotel, please see before and after pictures above.