Building firm helps with school project

Workmen building a care centre for the elderly in Heanor have taken time out to transform an outdoor nursery play area at a nearby primary school.

The staff, from Balfour Beatty, are currently 
constructing the £7.8million Florence Shipley community care centre for local older people, just off the Market Place in the town.

They decided to step in and help out with work at Howitt Primary School, on Holmes Street, offering much-needed materials and expertise to the project.

Work included 
landscaping to provide a high 
quality finish to the play area next to the school, said a Balfour Beatty spokesman.

Three members of the project team spent over a day there to dramatically improve the functionality and appearance of the play area.

They re-felted the roof of a storage container that was in urgent need of repair and 
repainted it.

Other tasks carried out included fixing a fence which was taking up valuable play space, together with weeding and planting wild flowers and berry bushes.

The firm also funded the materials and supplied paint, roofing, fence panels, soil, plants and a hose pipe.

Ian Taylor, Balfour Beatty’s managing director for the East Midlands, said: “It has been a real pleasure to 
support Howitt Primary School and help transform the nursery area into a more attractive and safer site for the pupils and staff to enjoy for many years to come.”

Florence Shipley is due to be completed next year.

The state-of-the-art care centre, replacing the old one which stood on the site, will include 16 long-term care beds and 16 short-term ones to help people return home or stay there, including respite care and rehabilitation.