Leading property developer Westleigh invited local school pupils onto one of its sites to hone their photography and artistic skills.
Students from The Priory City of Lincoln Academy visited the site on Skellingthorpe Road, which is adjacent to their school, as part of Westleigh’s involvement in the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Several projects were worked on by the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils, including a graffiti board and digitally-created art posters, both of which will be displayed on the site.
The posters will be entered into a competition and the winning student will be rewarded with a £25 high street voucher, courtesy of Westleigh.
The developer also donated a new high-specification digital camera to the school’s arts department, for the benefit of the next generation of students.
Westleigh’s Jemma Gilfillan, Assistant Site Manager on the Skellingthorpe Road development, explained:
We were keen to engage with the staff and pupils at the Academy and give them a greater insight into the work that is going on in the area around their school.
We took the opportunity to meet with the Academy to establish if there were any projects that we could undertake together.
They have an arts department which they felt would benefit from this opportunity and decided to take us up on the offer of visiting site and completing a couple of art projects.
We welcomed eight pupils and two teachers with an open but safe site to facilitate their photography skills. We provided Westleigh branded high vis vests and hard hats for each individual and supplied them with a welcoming letter which included the history of Westleigh and general facts about our site.
We also installed a stair scaffold to the outside of four plots, to give the groups access to the first and second scaffold lifts so that they could take some landscape photography.
We accompanied them around the site and allowed them to take pictures at will of whatever grabbed their attention, which appeared to be anything from a dumper to the inside of a scaffolding tube. We also answered any questions that they had regarding the site and materials.
We’re looking forward to seeing the completed posters and announcing the winner at a school assembly in the near future.
We also established that the arts department are creating the stage for a school production, so after liaising with the teachers, we will be collating surplus site materials and delivering them to the school to help towards their stage build.