A HOME builder invited pupils from a Wirral school to design health and safety signs for construction work at its new housing development in Hooton.

Stewart Milne Homes challenged Key Stage 2 students at Millfields CE Primary School in Birkenhead to create signs to maintain the safety of the contractors and pedestrians at the new Palladian Gardens development on Hooton Road.

The competition launched on June 8 as part of National Children’s Art Week and will see pupils aged seven to 11 use their artistic skills to create a range of signs.

Lindsay Gibson-Phillips, deputy head at the school, said: “This is a great opportunity for our children to be creative and design something important for our local community. Many of the pupils have parents working in similar industries so already know the importance of staying safe on construction sites.

“We are committed to providing a creative and engaging curriculum and this challenge will supplement our usual art lessons with a friendly competitive spirit. All of the children involved are excited to enter and we look forward to seeing the winner’s sign in pride of place at the development.”

The pupil who designs the winning sign will be announced in July and will receive an exclusive tour of the development for them and their family to view their sign.

Stewart Milne Homes will also donate a range of art supplies to the winning pupil and their year group, encouraging the students to be creative throughout the year.

Work began on the Palladian Gardens development of 263 family homes in February 2019 with its show homes expected to launch in the Summer and the first phase of three, four, five and six-bedroom family homes set to be ready by July 2019

The housebuilder has had an ongoing relationship with the school since launching its Upton Pines development and has provided learning and play materials for its Early Year Foundation Stage, as well as donating more than 100 books to Key Stage Two earlier this year.

Lynne Vogel, regional sales manager at Stewart Milne Homes, said: “We are passionate about supporting community causes and maintaining the highest standards of health and safety at our developments. Our relationship with Millfields CE School has supported the education of many students and this latest competition will encourage them to use their imagination and creativity.

“Millfields CE School is an important asset in the local community that we are proud to continue to support, and we look forward to picking a winning sign to proudly display at the Palladian Gardens development.”