Pupils from Larkhill Primary School are celebrating after their artistic talents achieved a runner up place in a national hoarding competition with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The school was announced as the second placed entry in this year’s Ivor Goodsite competition. Their entry comprising eleven painted hoarding panels now proudly on display at construction site for a new Medical & Dental Centre on Willoughby Road under construction by Rydon.

The primary school is adjacent to the construction site and the majority of its 250 pupils come from military homes.  Rydon and Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) invited the children to take part, sponsored the competition entry fees and supplied all the materials.

The brand new state-of-the-art healthcare facility is being brought forward by Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) for the Army Basing Programme (ABP).  Under ABP, around 4,000 extra troops and approximately 1,300 Service families will be based in the Salisbury Plain area, with the majority arriving in 2019.

The new Centre will accommodate Army Medical Healthcare, Army Dental Healthcare and NHS Health Service, enhancing healthcare provision for soldiers, their families and local NHS patients in and around Larkhill.

One of the pupils, nine-year-old Rebecca, said:

“I liked painting the water on the boat best. I enjoyed helping to paint camouflage on the tank too, it was really nice that everyone helped each other.”

Camara, also aged nine, added:

“I am proud my drawing is up because I was able to draw a detailed picture on my own. The tricky part in my tree was drawing all the little wood cracks and the nest. The tree I drew was a blossom tree near the chickens.”

ADCW presented the runner-up trophy to the school during a special assembly.  The competition organisers also sent medals and goody bags for the children and a competition brochure will be produced to showcase all this year’s entries.

Paul Dempster, Managing Director, ADCW, said:

“I am delighted that through our ongoing commitment and engagement with the local community – and working hard to attract new people into the construction industry as an excellent place to work – the Ivor Goodsite initiative has provided an opportunity for children at Larkhill Primary School to use their artistic skills.  They have turned our hoardings into something special and should be really proud of what they have achieved as a team.’’

Paul Barber, South West Regional Director, Rydon Construction, added:

“[This was] a great opportunity to provide a stage for the creativity and talent of local pupils as we deliver a new Medical and Dental Centre to improve the quality of life for the Larkhill community. Site hoarding is also an important safety feature on construction sites, so it is good to emphasise this message and our industry to a younger audience.”