Despite the rainy weather, there was a big turn out for the unveiling of Knocknagoney Primary School’s artwork to mark the redevelopment of Blanchflower Playing Fields.
The project, which is being funded through Belfast City Council’s capital investment programme, will create a new IFA Premiership standard soccer pitch, pavilion and stand, alongside an additional 3G pitch for community use.
The Hoarding Competition invites sites that are registered with Considerate Constructors Scheme throughout the UK and Ireland to paint collaborative masterpieces on site hoardings. In all, 303 pupils from Nursery to Primary 7 spent six weeks working in small groups designing and painting, allowing the budding young artists to showcase their talents. Angela McCullough, Vice Principal commented, “All of the children in Knocknagoney Primary School have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work together, alongside Fox Building & Engineering Ltd, to create the designs for the hoarding and display their artistic skills.”
Alderman Brian Kingston, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said, “It’s great to see how the contractor has built a very positive relationship with the local primary school to get the pupils actively involved with the project.”
“In Council we’re keen to ensure to ensure that the contractors we procure to deliver large capital projects connect with local communities to maximise social benefit. This supports our inclusive growth principles which underpin the Belfast Agenda, the community plan for the city.”
Harland and Wolff Welders representatives, John Davidson, Fred Magee and David Whiteside were also in attendance at the event. David Whiteside, Community Liaison Officer commented “This will be a first-class facility for East Belfast, the talented work of art by the local children will hopefully become a permanent fixture in some way when the new stadium opens.”
Brigid McGuigan, Social Impact Manager at Fox Building & Engineering Ltd added, “We are committed to leaving a lasting, positive legacy in the local community. The Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition forms an integral part of our extensive community engagement programme. A huge thank you for the amazing efforts by everyone involved who made this event such a wonderful occasion.”
For more information on the Ivor Good site Hoarding competition follow the link to their website www.ivorgoodsite.org.uk