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Sanctuary holds school competition to design fantasy playground in Chester

20 March 2015

Pupils let their imaginations run wild as they designed a fantasy playground for a new affordable housing development in Chester by Sanctuary Group.

Fantasy playground competition for Greenfields development

Leading UK housing provider Sanctuary held a competition for Year Three pupils, aged seven and eight, at Acresfield Primary School in Upton, to design a playground for the nearby new development of 16 homes for rent at Greenfields.

Sanctuary Maintenance Contractors Ltd visit to Acresfield Primary School

Prior to the competition, Sanctuary’s site manager, Jason Price, visited the pupils to show them photos of the site and talk about the development to help inspire their imaginations.

Winners of the design a playground competition

Joint-winners of the competition were pupils Tilly Jones and Mia Traynor, with Oliver Thomas gaining second and Matthew Lenihan and Ben Caunce coming third. The winners received book vouchers to coincide with World Book Day.

Cllrs judged the competition

The competition was judged by Upton councillors, Hilarie McNae and Jill Houlbrook, who also had a tour of the Greenfields site, which is due for completion in the spring.

Sanctuary Development Manager, Mark Birkin, said: “We’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm from the pupils shown for this project. The children have worked hard and set a very high standard.  The designs were all so imaginative and sadly we’re not able to incorporate all the children’s ideas, but we hope they still enjoy the playground once it’s built.”

Cllr McNae added: “I was really pleased to be invited, with my fellow Upton councillor, Jill Houlbrook, to judge the best fantasy garden design by Year Three pupils from Acresfield School, Upton. It was amazingly difficult to make our choice, as the standard was exceptionally high. Congratulations to all who took part.”

Helen Nugent, Acresfield Primary School Year Three teacher, said: “This has been a fun project for the pupils, who have researched play equipment and have enjoyed spending a couple of weeks finalising their designs. The designs have been outstanding, including miniature railways and benches to observe wildlife.”

Sanctuary’s Greenfields development in Upton

Sanctuary has transformed a previously overgrown, unused piece of land into the new development of family homes at Greenfields, supporting the need for affordable housing in the area.

Construction of Greenfields by Sanctuary Maintenance Contractors Ltd

A team of highly trained repairs and maintenance operatives from Sanctuary is constructing the new scheme, which is also helping to create valuable employment and training opportunities for local people, including apprenticeships and work placements for construction students from West Cheshire College.


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