As part of the project we are currently undertaking at Oakfield Lodge School to replace the pupil referral unit, our site team hosted a Dragon’s Den style pitch process for students of the school to get involved in the design of its garden.
The school works with John Muir Trust, a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK, so the garden was themed around it being a ‘sensory space’ for students.
Each of the designs included features that would encourage students to spend time in the garden, the winners were students Nathan and Lewis who impressed the judges with their creative plans and enthusiasm for the space.
Since the pitch, Harry Fairclough’s Contracts Manager Paul Harris has been working with the students to help bring their designs to life and demonstrate the process from planning through to development and build.
The garden will feature a one metre path around the outside providing a walkway for students, with different zones within it, including flowerbeds, a blossom tree, seats from reclaimed timber and mosaics.
During the build of the referral unit, the Harry Fairclough team will be providing pupils with the opportunity to do work experience onsite, including practical lessons and discussions about the construction industry and the career opportunities it offers.
Project update January 2020