Talented artists from Blaengwawr Primary School have seen their health and safety poster designs proudly displayed at the Aberaman Extra Care site – after winning a competition run by the Council’s contractor.
The major Extra Care development at Club Street continues to progress well as the Council, Linc Cymru and F1 Modular Ltd work together to deliver 40 state-of-the-art apartments for older people in the region. Blaengwawr Primary is located next to the Extra Care site, and it is intended that the school and the Extra Care facility will maintain close links – including the joint use of a garden area.
Linc Cymru and F1 Modular Ltd jointly organised a poster competition following a health and safety talk to pupils in February 2019. Entries were received from 113 pupils in total, and the 10 winners were announced at a special school assembly on May 3 – with each winning pupil winning a gift voucher and certificate.
The winning pupils in the competition, as chosen by Linc Cymru, are Avery Grace Hajgato and Jessica Williams (reception class), Harry Hooper and Gwen May (Years 1-2), Lily May Frowen and Bodi Lee Harvey (Years 3-4), Ffion Davies and Amelia Dass (Years 4-5), and Jasmine Hoare and Joel Cartwright (Years 5-6).
On Friday, May 17, the winning designs were put on display at the Extra Care site – where they will remain for the rest of the development. The event was attended by the 10 pupils, their headteacher Imogen Baker, representatives from Linc Cymru and F1 Modular and Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Mayor Cllr Linda de Vet – who is also Chair of Governors at the school and the Local Elected Member.
The scheme uses Modern Methods of Construction where volumetric modules are assembled in a precision-controlled factory environment. The modules, which make up the development, are built at F1 Modular’s base in Powys and then delivered to the site in Aberaman. The final delivery of 19 modules is taking place during May 2019, following the delivery of 75 modules since January 2019.
Councillor Geraint Hopkins, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Services, said: “I’d like to congratulate the winning pupils in Linc Cymru’s poster competition – and to thank all of the 113 pupils at Blaengwawr Primary who submitted entries. It is hoped that many of these pupils, in the future, will benefit from close ties between their school and the Extra Care facility.
“Every time I visit the site in Aberaman it continues to transform, and with the final module delivery taking place throughout May the project is on course for completion this year. The development is the first of five brand new Extra Care buildings to be built across Rhondda Cynon Taf – after Cabinet agreed a £50m investment in 2017 to deliver modern accommodation options to meet the needs and changing expectations of the growing older population.
“Extra Care is at the heart of our proposals and commitment to modernise residential care for older people. Following the end of an extensive four-month consultation on April 8, Officers are now reviewing the feedback received and will report back to Cabinet for Members’ consideration in due course.”
Councillor Linda de Vet, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, added: “I was delighted to attend Friday’s event at the Aberaman Extra Care site, to congratulate the talented young artists on winning the poster competition – and to see their excellent designs put on display for the duration of the development. The Extra Care facility will become an important landmark within the local community, and will maintain very close ties with the school.”
Justine Scorrer, Community Regeneration Manager, Linc Cymru, added: “It is always such a pleasure to meet with pupils at Blaengwawr Primary School. I would like to thank our partners F1 Modular for their support in raising awareness about site safety. The standard of the posters was extremely high and it made judging the competition very difficult.
“We are looking forward to helping the school with their pond and planters, and we will be working with them to plan our new multi-generational garden when residents move into their new homes.”
Karen Jones, General Manager, F1 Modular Ltd, said: “It has been our pleasure to be involved in the organisation of this health and safety programme with all the school children. Site safety is vital and to be able to teach the children about the dangers found on a site right on their doorstep has been a valuable exercise.”
Posted on Monday 20th May 2019