Safety in Design

Pupils at Southover Primary School have been busy designing posters for one of Merit’s construction sites in Lewes, East Sussex. The initiative – part of a community engagement programme sponsored by Merit and in association with the client, Santon North Street – saw Merit’s Marketing Manager, Vicki McGregor, and Health and Safety Manager, Aeisha Mohammed, deliver a health and safety talk to key stage 2 pupils at Southover Primary School in June. The school is only a mile away from the site where Merit is busy constructing John Gosnell & Co’s new cosmetics factory.

Following the assembly, pupils were asked to design health and safety posters and three winners were chosen by a judging panel which included Cllr Stephen Gauntlett, Chairman of Lewes District Council, Clive Wilding of Santon North Street, Rita Ellis from the Malling Residents Association and Vicki McGregor from Merit. John Gosnell & Co’s new cosmetics factory forms part of a large regeneration scheme facilitated by ‘North Street Quarter’, which is jointly owned and managed by Santon North Street and Lewes District Council. 

The competition winners were announced during a further visit to the school in July - well done to Melissa Atug (8), Olly Sawers (8) and Mia Weedon (9). Each winner was awarded a book token and their posters will also be displayed on the hoardings at the construction site at Malling Brooks Industrial Estate and also in the site cabins.


                                                           Winning posters by the key stage pupils at Southdown CoE Primary School

Vicki McGregor, Marketing Manager for Merit, said: “Merit is delighted to be working with North Street Quarter on the new facility for John Gosnell & Co. It’s exciting to be working on a project that means so much to the community. 

“We are constructing a large highly visible building that has features such as solar panels, a sedum roof which will be planted with grass and flowers. It is bound to attract interest, so we came to the school to talk about the building and what it’s like to work in construction. The children were really interested and drew some fantastic posters about keeping safe on a building site. Thank you to all of the children who took the time to design a poster; they were fantastic and it was very hard to choose three winners!”

Cllr Stephen Gauntlett commented: “I‘m really impressed with the standard of the artwork and the level of detail the children have put into their posters. They have clearly listened and thoroughly understood the messages about safety and have illustrated them in a most engaging way.

“North Street Quarter is a very exciting project for Lewes and provides an opportunity for us all to get involved. I am very keen to promote interconnectivity between nature and the built environment and buildings like the new soap factory, with its numerous ecological features, is a fine example of this.  But what’s more important is getting the community involved and I’m delighted that the Malling Residents Association and Southover Primary School have been part of the project.”

Olly Sawers (8) Melissa Atug (8) and Mia Weedon (9)