4th Oct 2013

Seddon welcomes young visitors 'behind-the-scenes' at Burton's new Scientia Academy

Students from Birmingham, Nuneaton and Burton-on-Trent schools were among visitors to Open Doors events held by national construction specialist Seddon – which has offices in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent - inviting members of the public to visit its construction site in Burton-on-Trent, where the company is building the brand-new Scientia Academy primary school.

Visitors had the opportunity to tour the Burton development, meet the construction team and find out about industry careers. The state-of-the-art Academy is being built by Seddon for Staffordshire County Council and Entrust. Sponsored by the REAch2 (Raising Educational Achievement for Children) Academy Trust, it will accommodate 420 pupils, helping meet the demand for more primary school places locally.

The Scientia Academy events formed part of a national Open Doors weekend organised by leading industry bodies the UK Contractors Group, Chartered Institute of Building, the Considerate Constructors Scheme and training organisation CITB.

Visitors to the Burton development included Scientia Academy pupils, who were able to look round their future new school building, as well as meet Seddon company ‘ambassador’ Seddy Bear. Teenaged students from Balaam Wood Academy, Birmingham, and The Nuneaton Academy, Nuneaton, also visited the development.

Balaam Wood Academy deputy head Liz Davis says: "The visit was a great success and extremely well organised; as well as a tour of the new Academy in hard hats and high visibility vests, pupils were set a challenge to design, create and sell their own housing village to the Seddon team. Pupils presented their ideas and were given feedback and the winning team won £50 vouchers. The pupils loved the day and have learnt about the different jobs in the construction industry. The company were superb with the pupils and so many people gave up their time to inspire them; they can't wait to come back!"

Visits included a presentation from the project team about the Scientia Academy project and a tour of the development focusing on the technical innovations being used and the different construction tradespeople working on the new building. The tour also featured some fun activities in the site office and the chance to speak to the Seddon team about jobs in construction, apprenticeships and other training opportunities.

The new Scientia Academy building – which is set to be completed in January 2014 – is being built using a sustainable timber frame system which is manufactured off-site. Benefits from the off-site method include high quality standards, increased air tightness and reduced waste.

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