Morgan Sindall enlist Ivor Goodsite to help with their Big Build entry!

November 2018

Morgan Sindall invited pupils from two Cambridge primary schools to take part in Honor Goodsite’s Big Build Competition 2018 at Sawston Village College. The pupils, split into small teams, were challenged to design, plan and then¬†build their own home out of recycled materials, supported by their teachers, Morgan Sindall staff and Cambridge Launchpad staff. Cambridge Launchpad is a programme of hands-on activities held in partnership with organisations like Morgan Sindall to show young people that STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects are for all.

Alongside the building of their houses, the day included talks from Helen Clements, Drew Bickers, Tom Johnson and Laura Deadman on their roles at Morgan Sindall. Bob Ensch, also from Morgan Sindall was then on hand to judge the completed houses. A winning team was chosen from each school and their prize was a planned site visit to Morgan Sindall’s Sawston Unity Campus project in Sawston as well as a supply of colouring crayons and pens for their whole class to enjoy.

Joanne Evans, one of the attending teachers from Icknield Primary School had this to say about the day:
“The children have shown great teamwork skills throughout the project and have adapted well to the challenges put before them. Each child showed different strengths during the project which they may not normally show in day to day life.¬†Some of the children have now gained higher aspirations to work within companies like Morgan Sindall – it is good for them to know that there are local opportunities out there for them in the future!”

Thank you to Laura and her fantastic team at Morgan Sindall for bringing Ivor to such an enjoyable event.

Useful resources

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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.