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Yorkshire school pupils inspiring leisure centre artwork wins national construction competition

Pupils from four Hornsea schools are celebrating after their creative hoarding artwork at East Riding Leisure Hornsea has been selected as a winning entry for a national award.

Building contractor Hobson & Porter teamed up with local schoolchildren in Hornsea to add some colour to its construction site at East Riding Leisure Hornsea, entering the artwork into the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2019, a national initiative organised by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The competition allows Considerate Constructor Scheme members to invite local schools, colleges and community groups to decorate their site hoardings and transform them into attractive murals. Hobson & Porter’s winning entry at Hornsea is entitled: ‘Pride in your town & #loveconstruction’ and celebrates the town, the local coastline and the new leisure centre project and wider construction industry.

Over 500 artwork submissions from children aged 2 through to 15 were made from Hornsea Nursery school (aged 2 to 4), Hornsea Community Primary School (5 to 11), Hornsea Burton Road (9, 10, and 11) and Hornsea School and Language College (11 to 15), which have been put up around the site, with art motifs featuring seals, seagulls, wind turbines, Hornsea Inshore Rescue, diggers and hard hats.

Laura Field, Head of Design and Technology at Hornsea School and Language College, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been named winners in the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition. The students loved working on this project. They were given a design brief and template and they were then able to use any medium that they wanted. It was an incredibly exciting thought for the children that their work would be displayed and viewed by all of Hornsea.

“Pupils of all ages are excited about the new and improved Leisure Centre and can’t wait to use all the new facilities. Many of them have been to visit the construction site and our careers work is very focused on careers in construction and engineering. We have really enjoyed collaborating with Hobson and Porter and look forward to the results of the hoarding competition.”

Dave Blades, Hobson & Porter’s Business Development Director, said: “All of the pupils who submitted artwork for this year’s entry should be proud, it is a fantastic achievement to be named as winners. The hoardings look amazing and really brighten up the East Riding Leisure Hornsea construction site.

“The local pupils have shown real keenness and an enormous sense of pride and skills in their designs, so I am delighted we’ve been able to display their work in such a prominent location, where they are available for the whole town to see.

Dave added: “It’s been great working with the pupils who I hope we have inspired to consider careers in the construction industry when they finish their studies.”

East Riding Leisure Hornsea is currently undergoing a £7.5 million redevelopment, which will include an extension and the relocation of the town’s library and customer service centre.

The new East Riding Leisure Hornsea Multi-service Centre is planned for completion and reopening in Easter 2020.