Students Learn to ‘Stay Safe’ on Building Sites

Esh Civils welcomed competition winners from two Sunderland primary schools to its construction site at Sunderland’s Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) to see what goes on behind the hoardings.


The Barnes Junior School and Diamond Hall Infant Academy students saw their safety poster designs come to life after their ‘Stay Safe’ competition entries were transformed into real signs.

The competition was introduced through an interactive presentation which highlighted the dangers of construction sites. The project team from Esh attended both schools to announce the competition winners, present certificates and prizes, and to invite the pupils to visit the site to see their artwork in situ.

Councillor Debra Waller, Sunderland City Council’s deputy portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the SSTC3 project, which will create a new gateway into the city centre and reduce congestion, can also have brilliant social value in our community.”

Along with Cllr Waller and Cllr Kevin Johnston from Sunderland City Council, students were given an overview of the SSTC3 project during their site visit and were able to observe activity, giving them insights into the potential dangers that had been highlighted during the ‘Stay Safe’ presentation.

The children were delighted to see their signs up on the hoarding as they learned more about staying safe around construction sites, and their artwork will remind everyone how to keep safe as the project continues.”

Councillor Debra Waller