Skanska has been working with the University on the site-wide infrastructure contract. They have worked with local primary schools including Girton Glebe, Oakington, and Mayfield as well as East Anglia Children's Hospice.
Working with East Anglia Children's Hospice
Skanska have chosen the Milton Branch of EACH as our project charity as it helps the lives of children who are affected by terminal illnesses and support for their parents that EACH provides.
The entrance to a Cambridge children’s hospice has been given a new lease of life, thanks to a team of local volunteers.
Sixteen employees from Skanska and Careys Group, currently working on the North West Cambridge Development, offered their construction expertise to help upgrade visitor facilities at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice in Milton.
Over the course of three days in September, the team restored outdoor areas in need of a makeover, including paved walkways, communal seating and landscaping.
The hospice, one of six operated by the charity, offers a relaxed environment for babies and young people with life-threatening conditions, from diagnosis to end-of-life care and throughout bereavement.
Sandra Nicholls, Skanska’s public liaison officer for the project, said: “Our team have a great deal of affection for the Milton centre, so we were delighted to make it our official project charity. It’s really satisfying to make even a small difference for children and their families as they receive the care and support they deserve.
“It was a weekend of tough and tiring work, but that’s nothing compared to the amazing work carried out by the hospice staff every single day.”
Karen Newton, EACH Cambridgeshire Fundraiser, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the team from Skanska Construction for their hard work during their three day visit to our Milton hospice. The paving area looks really great and will make so much difference at the hospice.
“East Anglia's Children's Hospices cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and support their families – without the support from local businesses we would not be able to continue these vital services.”
Construction team provides Oakington children with lesson on road safety
Pupils at a school in Cambridgeshire have received a lesson on the importance of safety around road works.
Volunteers from construction firm Skanska attended an assembly at Oakington Primary School to test the children’s knowledge of road signage and highlight the benefits of wearing high visibility clothing.
Accompanied by Ivor Goodsite, the construction industry’s safety mascot, the visitors described their work in the area, the role of different machinery on construction sites, and asked the children to identify potential hazards in a series of pictures.
Following the presentation, each pupil was challenged to design their own road sign as part of a competition and for taking part in the competition they were given a high visibility reflector.
Sandra Nichols, Skanska’s public liaison officer, said: “It’s critically important that children have the knowledge and skills to stay safe around road works, particularly during the summer months when they are much more likely to be out and about.”
“The children at Oakington were so much fun to be around. They were very inquisitive and really got involved in the session.”
Head teacher Sally Daggianti said: ‘’It is really important that children are road and construction site safety aware and the assembly presented by Skanska taught them about safety signs and equipment, machinery used and the potential dangers in an appropriate way. We are very grateful to Skanska for their time and efforts put into the session for the children .’’
Carey's Wet Sponge Throwing Fundraisng Event: July 2015
Members of the Carey's team, (Skanska's subcontractor) cooled down on a hot summer's day with some wet sponges being thrown at them. The event on 31 July 2015 was a fundraiser for the Great Ormond Street Hospital which raised £575 towards their efforts, and brings their total to date to £2455.