Pupils from Sacred Heart School in Sheffield swapped their classrooms for a more unusual learning environment – after they were invited to tour a £27m city centre office development by GMI Construction Group.
The party of 10 and 11-year-olds were welcomed to Sheffield Digital Campus by Senior Project Manager Paul Hudson, who gave them a tour and talk on the eight-storey Endeavour building.
One of many site visits co-ordinated by GMI’s Responsible Business team, they are designed to create an interactive learning environment while enhancing youngsters’ understanding of real world construction alongside important issues such as health and safety.
Katherine Clarke, a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Hillsborough, said: “Our pupils had a really brilliant time and gained a real insight into the construction industry. They were really enthused by the visit and talk and it’s learning that we can build upon back in the classroom.”
Paul Hudson added: “A school site visit can really inspire future generations to recognise the benefits and opportunities available from a career in construction.
“Such experiences are invaluable for a child’s development, and I was delighted to welcome the pupils and teachers from Sacred Heart to our site. They asked lots of great questions, and I know our site team enjoyed playing host!”
Endeavour, currently the biggest speculative office development underway in the city centre, will provide 62,862 sq. ft of BREEAM Excellent Grade A space. It is the fourth and final building on the acclaimed Sheffield Digital Campus, all of which have been delivered by GMI Construction for developer Scarborough Group International
With room for 800 office workers, Endeavour incorporates several enhanced wellbeing and sustainability measures, including reducing the amount of touch points throughout the building, increased cycling provisions, spa quality changing facilities and a greater provision of EV car parking bays.
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