Children get to give a garden makeover to construction site
Children from Nightingales day nursery at Airedale Hospital donned their hi-vis jackets this week and joined the construction team on the site of the new Acute Assessment Unit to create a garden and mini wildlife haven.
The constructors of the new build, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, along with Integrated Health Projects who are managing the project, provided planters, plants, watering cans and trowels for the children so they could grow their own garden. They also gave the children a special safety talk.
Daron Walker, Construction Manager for Integrated Health Projects says:
“Creating a planting area is a great way to get the children engaged and gives us an opportunity to reinforce the safety message that construction sites are dangerous places and not somewhere to go and play.
The planting areas are also a great way to help improve the environment on our sites, something we are always looking to do. We involved the Airedale beekeepers association and looked at ways we could help local wildlife and bee colonies, so the children have planted wild flower seeds which will attract and feed the bees.
We hope that by working with the nursery in this way we can also show the children that the construction industry is a great profession to be in.”
Val Hogg, Childcare Provision Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:
“It’s been a lovely project for the children to be involved in. They have learned important rules on how to stay safe, have designed their own safety posters which are going to be enlarged and be put up around the site perimeter and have been able to plant and look after their own garden. They all received a hi vis vest too as a thank you from the contractors.”
The next stage on the build is the finishing of the external façade and fitting the windows, followed by the partitions for the rooms and then the final internal fit out. The new £7m unit is due to open in March 2018 and will bring together for the first time medical and surgical assessment for acutely unwell patients referred by their GP or from the attached Emergency Department.