North-east pupils bring construction site to life with interactive mural

© DC ThomsonL-R Eve Simpson, 15, Logan Lawson, 10, Daniel Martin, 10 from Kellands School, Lois Robertson and Shannon Stephen, 10.
L-R Eve Simpson, 15, Logan Lawson, 10, Daniel Martin, 10 from Kellands School, Lois Robertson and Shannon Stephen, 10.

Pupils are on track to transform a building site wall into an interactive sensory experience for children with additional needs.

Robertson Group is currently creating a new community campus for Inverurie, which is adjacent to the existing school.

And, rather than leave drab construction boarding at the site,  the developer has enlisted the help of school pupils to turn it into a colourful mural.

Youngsters from Kellands Primary School and St Andrew’s School have been busy bringing the boards to life with drawings of animals on board a train.

Pupils to produce a sensory train.

One section of the train has been specially designed for pupils at the latter school which caters for additional needs – the children will be able turn the wheels and open certain carriage doors.

The mural was designed by a third-year pupil at the academy, Eve Simpson.

The 15-year-old, who has been guiding the younger children, said: “I was given a brief about five weeks ago and told I had to design something which involved humans or animals.

Lois Robertson, 10 from Kellands School.

“I chose animals because I thought that would be a bit more creative for the kids, and also having them dressed like humans adds a bit of humour to it.

“It’s been really good getting to work with the younger kids. I was a bit worried in case they didn’t like the drawings but they seem to.”

Robertson is part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the company has faced various different challenges through the year.

The firm also plans to build a safe construction zone, which will mirror the real building site, and allow children from St Andrew’s to get an insight into their work.

Eve Simpson from Inverurie Academy designed the train.

The new £55 million school will have room for 1,600 pupils and will provide a diverse range of amenities for the wider community including outdoor pitches, a swimming pool and a health centre.

The campus, which will also have St Andrew’s pupils on site, is expected to be finished next year.

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