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Hoarding comp now open for entries

The Considerate Constructors Scheme has launched its now-annual competition for the best-decorated on-site hoarding

Posted by Dave Higgitt | March 17, 2015 | People, policy, politics, money

The annual Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition run by the Considerate Constructors Scheme has returned for its third year, encouraging contractors to engage with their local communities by asking them to design and decorate hoardings, turning them into works of art. The competition, fronted by mascot Ivor Goodsite, is now open for entries and available to any site, company or supplier registered with the scheme.

Last year, 45 contractors took part in the competition, which saw more than 2,500 children getting creative with paint brushes, pencils and even their hands and feet to decorate their local site’s hoarding. The competition provides an opportunity for people of all ages to showcase their passion for art and design whilst decorating hoardings in their respective towns.

Edward Hardy, chief executive of the scheme, said: “For the last two years, the hoarding competition has proven to be a successful innovation in providing a fun way for contractors across the UK to promote site safety and engage with their local communities.

“We need more young people to get into the industry, so we hope the competition will continue to encourage children in particular to learn about how exciting our industry is and even possibly be the incentive for some to consider a career as they become older.”

Construction sites, companies and suppliers who are interested in getting involved have until 1 May to complete an entry form. The fee to enter the competition is £425 (+ VAT).

Contractors should then organise an event with a school, children’s club or other local groups to design and decorate their hoarding based around a chosen theme. Last year, the five winning sites chose themes which included ‘environment’, ‘Welsh wildlife’, ‘football’, ‘fields and wildlife of Broadclyst’ and ‘animals, princesses, heroes and skips’.

Once the hoarding is decorated, contractors will need to submit photos and information on their event to the scheme by 5 June when the winning entries will be selected by a judging panel.

Richard Leyshon, regional business manager for Wates Living Space, adds: “The competition has not only helped us to liven up the site and bring smiles to local faces, but it has provided us with a great opportunity to meet the children and promote the construction industry to young people. It is important to us to engage with local residents of all ages on any project that we work on to ensure that they feel a part of it.”

All entries will receive Ivor Goodsite prizes to give to the participants including trophies, medals, certificates and Ivor fun packs.

Any profit generated from this year’s competition will be donated to the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), the charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.

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