Vale primary pupils take part in ICE Bridges to Schools initiative with Five Mile Lane Contractors

Pupils and staff at St Nicholas Church in Wales Primary School recently took part in an ICE Bridges to Schools initiative.

Staff members at Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, the Civil Engineering and Construction Company, who are currently undertaking the Five Mile Lane Project, are keen to engage with the local community.

Construction of the new Five Mile Lane (A4226) is underway and it is anticipated the road will be completed in the summer of 2019.

Preparatory works, including some land clearance, began in early 2018 and the site compound from which the scheme will be managed was put in place in March this year.

The activity involves year 5 and year 6 pupils, working together to build a mini replica of the second Severn Crossing.

The aim is to engage the children in an enjoyable opportunity for the children to learn about what a career in engineering entails.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, Cllr Geoff Cox and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, Cllr Jonathan Bird, helped pupils’ to build the bridge.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning and former pupil at St Nicholas Church in Wales Primary School, Cllr Jonathan Bird said: “It’s great to see that the team at Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd are engaging with members of the community, while undertaking this great economic development for the Vale.

“The pupils were split into teams to work on either side of the bridge, and their enthusiasm to play a part in building the structure, was clear to see from the very beginning.”

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