09 July 2017

Getting creative with the community

GRAHAM Construction’s Community Engagement teams get creative with the local community.

A collection of painted site hoardings in Pontypridd, a display of student artwork in Ancoats and a poster competition in Kenilworth are just some of the creative activities the GRAHAM Community Engagement team has organised within the local communities on a number of its current live projects.

Pontypridd Train Station - part of Network Rail’s Wales Route Plan for CP5 (Control Period 5) framework - has been transformed into a colourful mural featuring a steam train. The creative art was a result of a partnership between GRAHAM Construction and the Artis Community.

The 47m2 mural, created by over 100 participants (ranging from 1 – 89 years old), includes a rotating exhibition of photographs in the windows of the train, which were produced by local amateur photographers to “reflect” on the world outside and act as memories or reflections of life in Pontypridd.   

Posters helped to fast-track community relations at Kenilworth Railway Station. Over 1,500 primary school children in Warwickshire have been learning how a GRAHAM rail project will make a difference in their community, by taking part in a huge competition to design a poster that will be displayed inside the new station.

The contract for the design and construction of the new Kenilworth Rail Station was awarded to GRAHAM Construction by Warwickshire County Council.

The competition was a great success with almost 300 poster entries submitted. The winning entry prize included first class rail tickets for a family of four, while all participants had their poster displayed on the site hoarding for the entire community to see.

The Great Howard Street Bridge project team in Liverpool have been busy helping children learn about the benefits of organic recycling. The site team worked in partnership with the charity KIND to deliver compost boxes which were made on site by local children.

The compost project was founded by Stephen Yip MBE over forty years ago to help support families facing disadvantages and poverty in the Liverpool and Merseyside area. The ethos is to show children that they (and life) have more to offer when given the right support.