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Great Sankey High School Visits A556 Scheme

22 March 2016

A group of Year Nine students from Great Sankey High School recently visited the Highways England A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement scheme to gain an insight into engineering and the construction Industry.

The day involved a presentation from the scheme’s Construction Ambassadors followed by a tour of site. Students were shown the new bridges that are being constructed on the A50 and Millington Lane and were taken to see some large plant and machinery that is being used for a box cut at Bucklow Hill.

The afternoon session focussed on careers within the Industry and former Great Sankey High student, Adam Hignett spoke to the students about his career path and his role as a planner on the project.

Students were also shown the Engineering your Tomorrow app which provided a fun way to learn more about the industry and the careers available.

Cath Gall, KS3 Co-ordinator of Design & Technology at Great Sankey said: “We had a really interesting time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The pupils got a lot from the day and I know that it has inspired many of them.”

Rachel Ellison, Costain Project Manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome the students and staff to the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement Scheme. It is an extremely busy site, and the pupils were able to see lots of different engineering works taking place across the project. The visit also provided an opportunity to speak to professionals about the multitude of careers that are available within the Construction industry.

” The students have been invited back to the project to see how the construction of the new road develops.

The Highways England scheme involves constructing a new 7.5km section of dual carriageway that connects the M6 junction 19 near Tabley/Knutsford with the M56 junction 7, near Bowdon. Upon completion of the new dual carriageway, works to de-trunk the existing A556 will be undertaken to reduce the carriage width to two lanes.



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