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Children get the message

Colourful posters by schoolchildren have been turned into a safety banner at the site of a £7.4 million project to build a new electricity switch house in central London.

From Press releases - 6 October 2014 12:00 AM

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Colourful posters by schoolchildren have been turned into a safety banner at the site of a £7.4 million project to build a new electricity switch house in central London.

It’s the result of an initiative by power company UK Power Networks, which wanted to educate youngsters about the dangers of electricity.

Working in partnership with its contractor Clancy Docwra, which is building the switch house at St Pancras on its behalf, it invited youngsters at a nearby school to take part in a poster competition on the theme of “keeping safe with electricity”.

The pupils of St Michael’s CE Primary, Camden, were delighted when their efforts were turned into a banner to decorate the hoardings around the building site.

UK Power Networks project manager Lucio Polito said: “Our site is right next to the school and this was all part of being good neighbours. We did things like adjusting our programme of work to ensure noise was kept down during exam time and we built a good relationship with the school.

“We asked the children to produce posters showing what they perceived to be the dangers of electricity and the results were great.”

Clancy Docwra, which gave out goodie bags for the best posters, turned them into a giant banner. Clancy Docwra project manager James Little said: “We went in and spoke to the children about keeping safe and gave them a slide show – as they were so young we used very basic terminology.

“This was part of being considerate constructors and good neighbours, which has worked well as we have had no complaints or negative comments even though it’s a very busy area we are working in.”

Work on the switch house began with demolition of the old buildings in January last year and is due to be completed by next March. Lucio said: “We needed to get to know our neighbours and keep them informed about what was happening. With a school so close it was vital to get the safety message across and the poster competition was a great way to do it.”

UK Power Networks is Britain’s largest electricity network operator and delivers electricity to eight million people in London, the South East and East of England. The new switch house is part of an ongoing development at St Pancras which will provide capacity to cope with future growth in demand.