Students learn to stay safe on building

Students learn to 'stay safe' on building sites

Pupils from two Sunderland primary schools got to see their artwork come to life when their competition entries were turned into real signs.

The pupils from Barnes Junior School and Diamond Hall Infant Academy visited the site of Sunderland’s Strategic Transport Corridor, Phase 3 (SSTC3), Sunderland City Council’s scheme which will improve access across Sunderland and open more land to be developed for housing and business.

During their visit, the pupils got to see the construction project first-hand as part of Esh Civils’ ‘Stay Safe’ campaign, an interactive presentation which introduces the project while highlighting the dangers of construction sites and invites children to enter a competition to design a safety poster.

Both schools received a visit from the SSTC3 project team, who announced competition winners, presented certificates, and invited the students to visit the site to see their artwork in situ.

Along with Cllr Debra Waller and Cllr Kevin Johnston from Sunderland City Council, students from both schools visited the SSTC3 project to see their artwork displayed on the site hoardings.

During the visit the pupils were provided with an overview of the project, and from a safe viewing area they were able to observe activity on site to identify the potential dangers which were highlighted during the Stay Safe presentation.

Cllr Debra Waller, the City Council's deputy portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the SSTC3 project, which will create a new gateway into the city centre and reduce congestion, can also have brilliant social value in our community.

“The children were delighted to see their signs up on the hoarding as they learned more about staying safe around construction sites, and their artwork will remind everyone how to keep safe as the project continues.”

SSTC3 is phase three of five phases of Sunderland City Council’s Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) scheme. This phase will improve connectivity between Nissan, the Low Carbon Enterprise Zone and IAMP, and improve connectivity to the city centre, Port of Sunderland and areas for regeneration.

For more information on the SSTC3 project, please visit