Youngsters at Haydonleigh Primary School are thankful to workers from civil engineering company Galliford Try for two reasons.
Not only have the contractors built the flood defences throughout Haydon Wick on behalf of Thames Water to prevent houses being flooded when there is heavy rain, they also donated £250 to the school which has been used to purchase board games for use during playtimes when it rains.
Site quantity surveyor Philip Player said: “The team won the health and safety award for the quarter out of all Galliford Try sites. We decided to pass on the bonus for the disruption the work has caused to the community.”
Pictured: Galliford Try staff Rob Hayes, HJohn Smith and Philip Player presenting the games to Frances Billinge and Haydonleigh pupils.
The £2.4 million construction work is due for completion in September. Earth bunds have been built and over 4,000 vertical sheet pile panels driven into both banks of streams in the area – 3km in total – to prevent the kind of major flooding that occurred in 2007 when 108 properties were affected. Haydon Brook has been re-profiled in some places and three bridges have been rebuilt.
Haydonleigh headteacher Frances Billenge said local PCSO Emma Harriman had suggested the school to the construction team. “It’s a lovely bit of community cohesion and an acknowledgement of the impact the construction has had.
“The children had a great time shopping for the games at ToysRUs and even negotiated a £20 discount to get more for the money.”