The Student Housing Company, in partnership with McAleer & Rushe, has unveiled a hoarding with a difference at its new Belaton House student accommodation development today.
The screen, required as a precaution to keep pupils at East Cliff Pre-School safe throughout the development works, was taken one step further by the Student Housing Company to offer a visual and engaging element for the children. The safety wall includes a gallery of the pupils’ artwork, as well as viewing windows to let the children check-in on how the development works are going.
As part of the construction of Belaton House on Holdenhurst Road, an existing fence has been removed adjoining the development to East Cliff Pre-School and The Student Housing Company took the decision to create a unique hoarding which the pupils could engage with.
Alex Piddington, Graphic Designer at the Student Housing Company, said:
The Student Housing Company is always looking for ways to work alongside the local community and we saw this is a fantastic opportunity to engage children; something that we don’t normally have the chance to do.
We loved developing the creative element of the protective screen along with the pupils, staff and parents at East Cliff Pre-School and we can’t wait to see how the children interact with it over the coming months. There are certainly some talented young artists at the school, and hopefully the viewing windows might even inspire the next generation of architects and engineers!
Dominic Trainor, Contracts Director at McAleer & Rushe, said:
The creation of the hoarding on Holdenhurst Road is an exciting initiative which provides the opportunity for East Cliff Pre-School to showcase the talent of its children and to bring to life a construction project that will add a dynamic new dimension to the local area. A key commitment of McAleer & Rushe is being a good neighbour to the communities in which we operate, not only by ensuring that our sites are safe and secure but also by inspiring people through our projects and hopefully providing a platform for the next generation.
Beckie Capewell and Amanda Allison, Co-owners of East Cliff Pre-School Said:
McAleer & Rushe has been great throughout the whole construction process so far and has made it clear that the safety of the children and staff at East Cliff Pre-School was their top priority. We have had constant visits from the team to ensure we are happy with how the works are progressing and we are thrilled with the final mural on our side of the fence. The children will love to see their own artwork on display as well as enjoy peeping into the hidden viewing windows, helping them feel included as the building progresses. The children are looking forward to visiting the site itself and see first-hand a glimpse into how a building is constructed. Thank you to The Student Housing Company and McAleer & Rushe from all the team at East Cliff Pre-School.
Upon completion Belaton House will provide 403 student bedrooms, in a combination of three to eight bed apartments, ‘twodios’ and studios.