Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2015 winners announced

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Thousands of children and construction sites across the country put their creative minds together for the 2015 Ivor Goodsite hoarding competition.

Now in its third year, Scheme-registered construction sites invite local schools and children’s groups to participate in decorating their hoardings – making them brighter, more fun and in some cases horticultural spectacles!

This year, the Scheme received the largest number of entries ever, with nearly 50 construction sites participating. Entering the competition wasn’t just about getting the creative juices flowing – children were also educated about site safety and careers in construction by the Scheme’s industry mascot, Ivor Goodsite. Entries ranged from depictions of Roman life, to edible garden-style hoardings.

The Scheme’s Chief Executive Edward Hardy commented:

“Congratulations to every winner and runner-up. Each year, the competition gets harder as the growth in participation is matched with more and more creative entries. By collaborating with schools and local groups, the Ivor Goodsite hoarding competition is a great way for the industry to strengthen its relations with local communities and improve the overall image of construction”.

Each entry receives congratulatory medals, certificates and goody bags as well as a trophy and a Hoarding Competition banner. There is also a special Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition brochure displaying all of the entries.

After some lengthy deliberations – the Scheme would like to congratulate the following sites as competition winners:

The Berkeley Group plc
Site: Victory Pier
Decorators: Burnt Oak Primary School, Kent
Theme: Glorious Britain

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Working to the theme of ‘Glorious Britain’, these children created a vibrant and bold collage, featuring the Union Jack as a striking centrepiece.

Berkeley Homes (West London) Ltd worked in conjunction with pupils and staff from Burnt Oak Primary School to create this attention-grabbing public piece of art.

Prior to the painting day, members of the Berkeley project team from Victory Pier, Pier Road, Gillingham, visited year 5 pupils with Scheme mascot Ivor Goodsite, to inspire them about the construction industry.

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Galliford Try Partnerships      
Site name: 40 Brighton Road
Decorators: Devonshire Primary School and Overton Grange School, Sutton
Theme: Under the Sea

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A mesmerising underwater theme was created by pupils in recognition of Galliford Try’s client Subsea 7, a global seabed-to-surface engineering construction company.

A huge 600 pupils from Devonshire Primary School took part in the hoarding competition, with 96 pupils’ pictures selected for the display.

Meanwhile, 60 pupils entered from the Overton Grange secondary school, with 12 pieces of artwork selected for the aquatic-themed hoarding.

The hoarding adorns Galliford Try’s site at 40 Brighton Road to build a four-storey office development for  Subsea 7.

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Gentoo Construction     
Site name: Elderly Persons Village Development
Decorators: Central First School, Ashington
Theme: Incredible Edible Living Wall

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An Incredible Edible wall of living art was created by pupils at Central First School in Ashington, with the help of Gentoo Construction and its client, Bernicia.

Gentoo’s Elderly Persons’ Village Development on the former Ashington Hospital site has already been highly scored by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Now the company has taken community value one step further by supervising 30 pupils to create this living wall, including bird feeders, plastic bottle gardens and pallets festooned with edible treats such as herbs, lettuce and strawberries.

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Site name: Norton Park
Decorators: North Shore Academy, Stockton-on-Tees
Theme: The Lustrum Beck flood defence scheme and the environment


Keepmoat is building 174 new homes in Norton Park and worked in conjunction with Stockton Council and the North Shore Academy to artistically engage pupils.

The theme was devised in recognition of the Lustrum Beck’s long history of flooding and exciting plans to finally begin flood defence work.

Pupils designed and painted the mural in the academy’s art rooms. Also encompassed in the design was a colourful rainbow, representing the charity – Regan’s Rainbow Charity – set up in memory of a former pupil.

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Site name: Ladderswood Site
Decorators: Garfield Primary School, London
Theme: Beautify Enfield

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Children aged between 7 and 11 were asked to “Beautify Enfield” and the winners did just that – spending a day on site with Mulalley and creating a fantastic masterpiece.

Twelve children from Garfield Primary School in Enfield were selected as winners in the competition to create a piece of artwork for Mulalley’s Ladderswood site hoarding.

Mulalley is working in partnership with One Housing Group and Enfield Council to regenerate the Ladderswood Estate in Enfield.

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RG Carter
Site: Waitrose
Decorators: Botley School, Oxford
Theme: The Seven Tythings (hamlets) of Abingdon Abbey

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A group of 10 children from Botley School in Oxford were invited onto the RG Carter site to create hoarding artwork celebrating a sculpture commissioned by Waitrose, based on the “Seven Tythings” (Hamlets) of Abingdon Abbey.

The children, aged from 7 – 11, drew their ideas in the classroom with their teacher Mrs Radford and then transferred their unique designs of animals, plants, trees and flowers onto the hoarding.

Everybody enjoyed the day and their artistic creations have captured the attention of many passers-by.

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Site name: Fairlawn Primary School
Decorators: Fairlawn Primary School, Bristol
Theme: Exploring Nature in Bristol, European Green Capital 2015

Skanska Bristol

A group of 39 children plus teachers, parents and Skanska staff gave up their time during the half-term school holidays to create these stunning hoardings.

Pupils aged between four and seven from the Fairlawn Primary School decorated the six panels to show how they explore nature on their doorstep.

Their finished artwork was praised by Skanska’s Design Manager, Mike Charlesworth, who likened their paintings to famous works of the French Impressionists, as displayed in the Tate Gallery.

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Willmott Dixon Group
Site: Wathen Grange School
Decorators: Wathen Grange School, Warwickshire
Theme: Romans in Mancetter

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Pupils from Wathen Grange School, Atherton, learned all about the local Roman military fort of Mancetter, for Willmott Dixon’s historic hoarding competition entry.

It is reputed that Boudiccan forces fought the Romans in Mancetter in the last great Roman battle; Both Church Walk, where the school is based, and Manor Road, the location of the Willmott Dixon site, were Roman Annexes and possibly camps.

This rich history resulted in Willmott Dixon carrying out an archaeological dig which formed part of the planning conditions.

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Congratulations to all runners-up:

Ash Contracting Limited with decoration by: St Oswald’s Pre-School and Sunday School, Rickmansworth

Bam Construction with decoration by: East Staffordshire Children’s Centre, Burton on Trent

Baxall Construction Limited with decoration by: West Rise Primary School, Eastbourne

Bowmer & Kirkland with decoration by: Forest Lodge Primary School, Leicester

Brookfield Multiplex with decoration by: Chickenshed Theatre and the Willow School and The Brook Special Primary School, London

Brookfield Multiplex with decoration by: Liberton Primary School

Carillion with decoration by: The Kensington Fields Community Association (KFCA), Liverpool

Castleoak with decoration by: Wheatfield Primary School, Winnersh

Consortium: Prysmian and Siemens with decoration by: Ladymount Catholic Primary School, Wirral

DCB Kent Limited with decoration by: Archbishop Courtenay Primary School, Tovil

Farrans Construction with decoration by: Hertford Regional College

Galliford Try with decoration by: Cranmere Primary School, Esher

Galliford Try with decoration by: Lime Tree Primary School, Surbiton

Galliford Try Partnerships South East with decoration by: Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, London

GRAHAM-Bam Healthcare Partnership (GBHP) with decoration by: Dundonald Primary School and Tor Bank Special School, Belfast

Keepmoat with decoration by: Cringle Brook Primary School, Manchester

Keepmoat with decoration by: Brunts Academy, Mansfield

Laing O’Rourke Construction South Ltd with decoration by: Gainsborough Primary School and Creative Wick, London

Longcross Construction Ltd with decoration by: Manor Park School, Sutton

Lovell and Compendium Living, with decoration by: Maybury Primary School and Bellfield Primary School, Hull

R G Carter with decoration by: The Chapel Break Infants School, Norwich

Robertson Construction Tayside Ltd with decoration by: Brechin High School, Angus

Rydon with decoration by: Local children during the school holidays, London

Rydon with decoration by: the Waterside Youth Project, London

John Sisk & Son Ltd with decoration by: High View Primary School, London

John Sisk & Son Ltd with decoration by: The 63rd Scout Group, Bristol

Skanska UK PLC with decoration by: Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) patients

SPV Group with decoration by: Manor Primary School and St Michael’s Church of England Primary School, Birmingham.

Taylor Wimpey with decoration by: Chapel Road School, Attleborough

Thomas Vale Construction with decoration by: Starbank School, Birmingham

United Living with decoration by: The Willows Primary School, Manchester

Wates with decoration by: Saint Buryan Primary School, Penzance

Wates Construction Ltd with decoration by: Harry Gosling Primary School, London

Willmott Dixon with decoration by: Culloden Primary School, London

Willmott Dixon with decoration by: Fairwater High School, Cwmbran

Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd with decoration by: Shrubland Street Primary School, Leamington Spa

Costume hire

Industry mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite can be hired to attend construction-related events to engage with children and encourage safety on site. Find out more about how you can hire the costume characters and promote a positive image of the industry.