Artwork by school children from Bewdley is brightening up the safety hoardings surrounding the town’s new medical centre development.
Construction workers at the Dog Lane site have enlisted the help of youngsters from Bewdley Primary School, who through a unique arts competition, have created a Bewdley mural featuring local landmarks including the town’s famous bridge over the River Severn.
The arts contest, which pupils entered anonymously after producing their artwork at home, also saw sixth form students from The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre supporting the seven winning pupils to re-create their artwork onto the hoardings which will cheer up the site while construction takes place on the £7 million building.
Once the medical centre is completed next summer, it is hoped that elements of the mural will be reduced and turned into a permanent collage within part of the new centre.
Benniman Construction Group, who are building the state-of-the-art medical centre and library on behalf of the GPs at Wyre Forest Health Partnership and development partners Matrix Medical, are also set to get local pensioners involved to decorate other parts of the hoardings as part of their role as members of the national Considerate Constructors scheme.
Dr Simon Gates a partner at Bewdley Medical Centre said: “We are going to provide Bewdley with a real community hub when the new medical centre is completed and that starts even with the construction of the building itself.
“The hoardings are there for people’s safety but that does not mean they have to be boring and plain. What the children have done, with the fantastic support of Roger Wilks at Benniman and teachers at Bewdley Primary School, is given the site a sense of personality and helped to make it theirs. After all, this is their medical centre and the entire community’s.”
Roger Wilks, site manager from Benniman Construction Group and who also judged the competition, said: “The children have come up with inspiring murals as part of the competition and they have really lifted the site. We are delighted the school worked so closely with us and hope that everyone walking past the site in the coming months will stop to take a look at what the children have produced.”
Helen Humphrey from Bewdley Primary School added: “The children were very excited to be putting their talents to use in such a prominent, public place in Bewdley.
“As they grow up they’ll see their work on display and I know they’ll feel a sense of pride and achievement in it for years to come. I’d like to thank everyone at the site, including the medical centre team, for their amazing support.”
The school’s winning pupils were Ursula Coldrick (8), Erin Flack (9), Eve Westbury (9), Ellie Leach (8), Orla Southall (9), Matthew Pickford (7) and Cassie Giles (10).
Meanwhile, construction bosses at the site have confirmed that the new 25,000 sq ft three-storey medical centre remains on course to open as planned in summer 2016 with the building’s steel structure and much of the ground work completed last month.
The finished building will include a pharmacy, 25 consulting and treatment rooms, meeting spaces, specialist baby changing areas and the latest medical technology to allow doctors to carry out minor operations. It will also house the town’s new library and a public café while having expansion space available to the GPs and complimentary healthcare providers who wish to have a presence in Bewdley.