Winning pupils to demolish tower blocks

posted 28 Sept 2009, 04:10 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
School kids in Edinburgh are competing for a once in a lifetime chance to demolish three housing blocks.

A safety poster competition has been organised by the city council, with the winner getting to push the demolition button when the flats come down.

The three blocks in Gracemount – Gala, Soutra and Fala Courts – are due to be demolished on Sunday October 25th.

Primary four and five pupils at Gracemount, St Catherine’s and Kaimes schools are now being offered the chance to be involved.

The schools are being given a presentation about safety issues around the site.

A judging panel will then choose a winning poster on the subject.

Michelle Fraser, Project Manager for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The contractors will still be on site for several months after the multi storey blocks come down and it’s extremely important the children fully understand the dangers of going near the demolished area.

“It is also important that the children continue to be aware of the dangers associated with demolition and building sites through the period of site clearance and also the construction of the new homes next year.

“The project team thought it would be a great idea to combine the poster competition around the safety aspects and to give the winning child the chance to push the button.”

James Howard from construction firm Coleman & Company, said: “It will be good to talk to the schools and getting the children interested in demolition and recycling, whilst at the same time making them aware of how they or their friends can get hurt if they see sites as a playground.

“We are really looking forward to seeing the entries for the art work competition and wouldn’t it be great if a few of the children go home, after our assembly talks, saying they want to work in demolition when they grow up.”

Source: STV News