Costain Ramps It Up!
16 July 2015
It’s likely to be one of the smallest projects Costain undertakes this year, but it will have an effect out of all proportion to its size for visitors to St Mary Magdalene’s Primary School in Paddington.
The school is close to Costain’s Paddington New Yard project for Crossrail and personnel from the site have in the past undertaken work there such as painting railings and revamping planters used to teach the children to grow vegetables.
During the previous visits, staff noticed a wood and scaffolding ramp that allowed prams and wheelchairs access to the school’s upper playground from a lower level nursery area.
The ramp, while serviceable, looked temporary and untidy. “While we were doing the painting we noticed this ramp was in place and had a conversation with one of the teachers about it,” said Community Relations Manager, Tracey Taylorson. “It was supposed to be temporary but it had been there for quite a long time and the teacher said they could do with something more permanent.”
With that in mind, a team incorporating staff from Kelly Formwork and Costain’s subcontractors got together donating 75 hours and almost £700 over the course of a week, shuttering, pouring concrete and finishing the ramp to give the school much-needed access between its two playground areas.
Appreciation in the form of a note from St Mary Magdalene’s school site manager Andrew Dyer was not slow in arriving.
“Can we send a big ‘Thank you’ for all your time and effort in this project. It was refreshing to work with a very professional bunch of people who took our small but very important project seriously.
“The pride they took in the job, and the attitude with which they carried it out, all shows with the finished ramp. This has made a huge difference to the whole school community and we hope to work with you again in the future.”
Costain Communications Department