Firms lend a hand to help students create bandstand

DIGGING IN Work gets started at the new bandstand
DIGGING IN Work gets started at the new bandstand
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BUSINESSES came together to support a community project for students.

The scheme at Merchistoun Hall in Horndean will see a new bandstand built by students from Highbury College.

Horndean councillor and project manager Guy Shepherd said: ‘It will give students a chance to work on a real life project and see their hard work come together.’

Students from level one and two construction and building courses from Highbury will take part in the project.

One is Joe Evans, a level one bricklaying student.

He said: ‘It’s exciting to be working on the project and to have something to come back to as it develops.’

In order for the project to go ahead a number of businesses have donated professional time and materials.

HGP Architects of Fareham prepared the drawings, completed the planning application. It took the design through the building regulations checks with East Hampshire District Council.

Nick Deacon who designed the plans said: ‘Our managing director Matt Williams has had a long-standing relationship with Guy and said that we could do the plans as a side project. We went back and forth with different ideas and then came up with one we both knew would work.’

Others businesses who have got involved include Linden Homes, which is sponsoring the sand, cement and roof tiles for the project. Others taking part are Midwest, NA, Bourne, Elliots, Polypipe, Reuby and Stagg, Whelan and Grant, Jewson and DSL.

The project has attracted the help of construction company Bouygues UK.

Its regional managing director Darren Gill said: ‘We work closely with construction skills providers like Highbury College and ensuring bright young people have opportunities like this to get real life experience to prepare them for a career is a great investment for the future of our industry.

‘The Horndean bandstand is an innovative and exciting project and we were delighted to be invited to support it.’

Bouygues carried out the site survey and donated the holding down bolts, bricks and blocks for the project.

The completed bandstand will support the existing clubs and organisations that use the hall.

Association manager Brendan Charles said: ‘It means that we can have musical concerts all year.’