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Winter woodland created for local school, thanks to GMI in Kirkby

Winter woodland created for local school, thanks to GMI in Kirkby

GMI Construction Group has today revealed it has once again teamed up with Kirkby Church of England Primary School to invest in a project to breathe new life into an area of woodland and recreation adjacent to the school which had previously become derelict.

It has donated £2000 towards the regeneration of the area, known as The Woodlands, which will reinvigorate the facilities and provide the children at the school, as well as other schools in Kirkby, the opportunity to enjoy the area again in a safe, outdoor environment

Speaking about the initiative GMI Divisional Managing Director Marc Banks said: “It’s been marvellous to see smiles on the faces of the children and see such happiness and pride during the poster project.  So we are naturally proud once again to be supporting the school and this great initiative.

Thanks to GMI’s support the school, and other schools in Kirkby, will have the benefit of this important recreational facility coming back to life.  This initiative is an important community investment and contributes a great deal towards the overall transformation of Kirkby as part of the retail development. 

This has been an important project for GMI and we’ve enjoyed working with the school. In spite of us completing the retail development in Kirkby next month, we definitely intend to maintain our relationship and look forward to supporting social and community initiatives further.”

GMI had most recently worked together with the school and its children who had designed a series of posters in support of their parent keyworkers to recognise the fantastic work they have been doing during the pandemic.

The posters have been displayed along the site hoardings that surround the 12-acre retail development GMI has recently completed for Knowsley Council in Kirkby Town Centre.

The 94,000 sq. ft Kirkby retail development features a new 45,000 sq. ft Morrisons superstore, petrol filling station and retail units including Home Bargains and a drive-thru KFC and Taco Bell restaurants.

Also commenting Mair Hindmarch, Headteacher at Kirkby Church of England Primary School, said: “I’m delighted that The Woodland Project has officially opened today, providing a great opportunity for our pupils, as well as pupils from other schools in Kirkby, to benefit from the great outdoors, exploring nature and improving their self-esteem. Despite a very challenging 18 months, our pupils have been actively engaged in this project at every step and they too are delighted to be able to use this outdoor space. Thank you to GMI Construction for turning this unused space into a fantastic outdoor learning facility and helping our young people to plant, grow, make, share and learn.”

Cllr Margaret Harvey (pictured above), Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added “I’m delighted to see this woodland area completely transformed into a usable learning space, which can be enjoyed by everyone at Kirkby Church of England Primary School as well as other primary school children in the local community. The great outdoors is a fantastic backdrop for exploring, learning, sharing and igniting new interests. I know it will be a really well-used facility and will prove to be a valuable resource for our school children in Kirkby.”

Special thanks goes to our site team, including Project Manager, John Sandison, Site Manager, Andy Rainger, (both pictured)  Snr QS, Callum Hepples, and Will Robinson (Assistant QS).

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