Our student accommodation project in Dorset Street, Dublin is directly adjacent to St. Mary's Primary School and at our fortnightly review meeting we received a request from Eadaoin Kelly, School Principal, to allow the Junior Infant children onto our site as a class tour. The children have been inspired by the building works and have been learning all about 'construction' in their classroom. Eadaoin confirmed that the boys and girls were regularly monitoring progress on site from a room on the 2nd level and that they would love to visit the works and see first-hand the various items of large plant and equipment.
BCL site staff set up an exclusion zone on site and invited the children and teachers to visit the site. On Wednesday 20th of January at 1pm the boys and girls arrived at the site entrance and were escorted into the exclusion zone by BCL staff and teachers. BCL staff members Leo Reilly, James Feehan, Mark Cullen, Anthony Mathews & Colm Whitty distributed items of PPE and the children had great fun wearing the hats & Hi-Viz jackets.
Leo & James gave a very interesting talk on the ongoing site works and described what the large items of plant were used for. The children were then given a quick demonstration of the excavator and tele-handler. Mark & Colm set the rotating laser into operation and the children each had an opportunity to hold the receiver and try to keep it level when the sounder indicated a level position. They certainly showed their competitive edge. Anthony pointed out the various dangers of a building site and explained the reasons for PPE on Site. The children had great fun standing on the toe of the steel toe boots without causing any harm.
BCL site staff welcoming the Junior Infants class of St Mary's Primary School to our Dorset Street site.
James Feehan answering questions from the children of St Mary's Primary School during their recent site visit.
Mark Cullen demonstrating the rotating laser to St Mary's Primary School children during their recent visit to our Dorset Street site.