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Costain's Class Act

24 July 2012

Children are enjoying a new wildlife pond and outdoor classroom at Moseley Primary School, Coventry thanks to Costain and its suppliers.

The school approached Costain some months ago to ask for help turning a drab corner of the school grounds into an area in which pupils and teachers could spend time and enjoy.

Engineer, Paul Higgins of the Coundon Reservoir Renewal team, stepped up to manage the scheme and persuaded many suppliers and subcontractors to get involved. The response was amazing with the majority of materials, plant and labour supplied completely free of charge.

Ivor Goodsite of the Considerate Constructors’ Scheme made a special appearance to welcome the children to their new outdoor classroom alongside Costain staff and representatives from Jewson’s.

The area was officially opened by Roslyn Winstone who designed a winning Pond Safety Poster as part of the project.

Paul said: It’s an honour to get the chance to give something back to the community in which we have been working and it was a pleasure to come to work every day as the staff could not have been more helpful and polite and the kids could not have been more exited. Along with all the suppliers that donated plant and materials I would like to thank the team of people I had working with me and the rest of the team at Coundon. It’s a perfect example of what working together can achieve.”

Asset Creation Manager, Derek James, said: "You have a fine ambassador in Paul and the team at Coundon and they are doing a great job promoting Costain and the construction industry at Moseley School and Coundon reservoir. Thank you on behalf of Severn Trent Water for a job well done!"

Our thanks go to Pond Safety, Jewson, Bradshaws Direct, Bunzl, Speedy, GRS Roadstone Ltd, Syston Fencing Company Ltd, Gardiners Construction, Clews Recycling Ltd and Elliott whose generosity made this project happen.