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Centre Point Trust founder to officially open new play area


The ‘Work in Progress’ team unveiled the new outdoor play area at Centre Point Trust Nursery at Rope Walk, Green Street on Wednesday 9th April.

‘Work in Progress’ is the result of collaboration between AC Mauger Construction, Highlands College and Channel Television.  The three teamed up together to offer construction students at Highlands College the opportunity to take part in this exciting TV series, gaining skills while helping a local charity. 

‘Work in Progress’ has seen a group of students from Highlands College spend two weeks on a work placement mentoring scheme with local construction company, AC Mauger Construction.  Following this they then undertook a refurbishment project on behalf of local charity, Centre Point Trust.

Centre Point Trust was selected from the dozens of projects which were submitted in October 2007.  After a difficult decision making process, the nursery was selected because the team felt they could make a big difference to the children who use the facility.  The project focused on the outdoor play areas that were very tired and in desperate need of renovation.  Over the course of five days the ‘Work in Progress’ team have transformed this much used space.

The official opening of the refurbished outdoor play area took place at 3pm on Wednesday 9th April.  The youngsters laid on a tea party for the guests including Professor Edward Sallis, principal, Highlands College, David Cobbett, managing director, AC Mauger and all of the suppliers who made the project become a reality.  The play area was officially opened by Chris Wakeham, founder of Centre Point Trust.

Martin Nozedar, contracts director, AC Mauger Construction, who oversaw the project, commented:
“The team has worked extremely well together to pull the play area into shape.  The students in particular have developed some great skills which only practical work experience can provide.  The addition of a tight timescale and less than ideal weather has meant that the project has been a real challenge.  The result is fantastic.”

Amanda Cottilard, Centre Point Trust, added:
“We are delighted with the new play area and the kids just love it.  They now have a lovely outdoor space to play in, something which we really needed.  Previously we had to stop them playing outside as it was getting too muddy all of the time.  Not to mention the tired, worn out old play equipment.”

Joe Cottam, tutor, Highlands College, added:
“The students have had a great time on this project thanks to AC Mauger.  They have really bonded as a team and have learnt so much from the professionals who they have been working alongside. Having battled against the clock they can now stand back and really appreciate the impact they, as a team, have made.  The delight on these children’s faces is irreplaceable.”