15 November 2013
Enfield-based construction company Ardmore, applied and was shortlisted for the Education Award in 2013.
Starting out as a project to design a green space for the elderly, the Norton Close Garden project progressed to Ardmore developing and delivering construction programmes for 36 students at three local schools and managing 25 participating students to design the new garden.
Ardmore soon noticed the poor relationship between the students of Bishop Stopford School and the elderly in the neighbouring sheltered accommodation. To improve this Ardmore discussed ideas on how to include children in the design of the new garden, and with the help of the local schools, Ardmore put on a design competition for the children to share ideas, which was then judged by Ardmore designers and residents.
Following the garden project, Ardmore has worked closely with Sixth Form students at the school to develop a BTech construction module, which has included a programme of site visits, workshops and skills courses at Ardmore’ New River House scheme and bathroom pod factory in Enfield.
Additionally, a careers fair was designed and delivered by Ardmore, for 250 pupils to promote construction and women in construction.
The project has not only been beneficial to the residents and pupils at Norton Close but has also given Ardmore an opportunity to raise their profile with the community and the local council as well as an opportunity for staff to improve their presentation skills.
Olive Fieldand Joyce Fenn, Norton Close residents commented: “We really appreciate the garden – and it has been a joy to see our young neighbours working so hard. Our thanks must go to Ardmore and Enfield Council for funding this excellent project which has forged valuable links with the school as well as providing such a beautiful garden.”
A student from one of the schools quotes "I would never have considered construction as a career. I though construction jobs were for boys, but after attending the workshops Ardmore put on for us, I relaise that is not he case and I may look into construction as a career in the future".
Ardmore will continue to work with Norton Close residents and Enfield schools in 2014 and are lookign forward to tackle new challenges and brainstorm new projects with the pupils and elderly.
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