St Charles RC Primary School in Tudhoe, Co. Durham were delighted to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Spennymoor Councillor Clive Maddison and lady Liz Maddison to open the new Eco Den funded by Cummins Engineering.

The project included the construction of a new Eco Den to aid the education of the children on outdoor wildlife and ecology.  The works also included the construction of a pond and outdoor picnic area.   However, the most notable addition to the school is a modern replica of a world war two Anderson shelter. This will teach children of the sacrifices and camaraderie exhibited during the war.   The Anderson shelter is complemented with a small allotment and greenhouse, so the children can grow their own food and exhibit and understand self-sustainability.

The works were project managed by Silverstone Building Consultancy Associate Director Mark Coulter, commented, the works have been a great example of teamwork and adaptability within strict budget.  Silverstone were introduced to the project following appointment of the contractor and receipt of the funding from Cummins.  Silverstone managed the process to determine agreeable design changes to aid the works budget as well as ensuring all statutory requirements such as planning, building control and CDM were adhered to.  It is a real pleasure to see the delight on the faces of staff, pupils and parents alike for the finished project.   East Durham Solutions completed the project with architectural design from PlanArch Design.

John Burke, headteacher, said that the new eco den and the other elements of the project will benefit not only the current pupils at the school, but also future generations.  My staff and I are delighted with the outcome and want to thank all parties for the professional and positive nature.  He also gave a large thank you to Cummins engineering who have financed the works and made a long-lasting contribution to the school and local community.