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Press Release

Brentwood pupils brighten up Town Hall hoardings

Date: 2 August 2018

Pupils from a Brentwood school have helped brighten up the hoardings around the Town Hall with their creative artwork.

Remodelling work is taking place on the building to improve the use of space within it, reduce costs and create revenue streams.

The remodelling includes a new roof, new windows, new boilers, new lifts, the opening up of the office floors and residential units on the top two floors.

This was a great opportunity for pupils from Holly Trees Primary School to get creative and to add some colour to the site. They produced some eye-catching and thought-provoking displays looking at the Brentwood environment and reminding passers-by to save our planet. The idea for the artwork stemmed from an enthusiasm for environmental initiatives which the pupils have been working on in school. The finished artwork is being displayed on the hoardings outside the Town Hall.

Contractors Farrans are overseeing the construction work on site and worked with the school, supplying the materials for the art work. The designs will be entered in this year’s UK-wide Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition run by the Considerate Contstructors Scheme.

Farrans’ Stakeholder Engagement Co-ordinator Andrea Lund said: “One of the most rewarding aspects of working in the construction industry is the engagement we have with the local community. The Ivor Goodsite competition is a great opportunity to work with Holly Trees Primary to create a piece of thought-provoking art to display proudly to passers-by.

Congratulations to all involved, with special thanks to Holly Trees for producing the colourful artwork. The artwork will be donated to the school following the project handover, to display for many years to come.”

Brentwood Borough Council’s Leader and Chair of the Policy, Finance and Resources Committee, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: “This has been a great opportunity to brighten up the outside of the Town Hall.

I am pleased to see what the pupils came up with as part of their eye-catching designs and would encourage those who have yet to do so to come down and admire their work.”

Holly Trees Primary School’s Deputy Headteacher Byron Hocking said: “We were delighted to be invited to work alongside Farrans to brighten up our community, and even more delighted to have come runners up in the national competition.

The Year 5 children chose an environmental theme as we are both a Forest School and a Green Flag Eco-school, and it is great to see their ideas writ large on the council hoardings."

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Notes to editors:

Pictures are available of children from Holly Trees Primary School.

The Ivor Goodsite competition

The national competition had hundreds of entries across the country. Holly Trees Primary Schools’ artwork was selected as ‘Runners Up’. Students were awarded with a goody bag, gold medal and certificate. The goody bag included stickers, colouring pencils and balloons.

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895

Email: safira.ali@brentwood.gov.uk