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September 2015

Issue 38

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IVOR GOODSITE

Contractor:

Willmott Dixon Group

Site:

Wathen Grange School

Decorators:

Wathen Grange School,

Warwickshire

Theme:

Romans in Mancetter

Contractor:

Skanska

Site name:

Fairlawn Primary School

Decorators:

Fairlawn Primary School,

Bristol

Theme:

Exploring Nature in

Bristol, European Green

Capital 2015

Pupils fromWathen Grange School, Atherton, learned all about the local Roman military fort of Mancetter, for

Willmott Dixon’s historic hoarding competition entry.

It is reputed that Boudiccan forces fought the Romans in Mancetter in the last great Roman battle; Both Church

Walk, where the school is based, and Manor Road, the location of the Willmott Dixon site, were Roman Annexes

and possibly camps.

This resulted in Willmott Dixon carrying out an archaeological dig which formed part of the planning conditions.

A group of 39 children plus teachers, parents and Skanska staff gave up their time during the half-term school

holidays to create these stunning hoardings.

Pupils aged between four and seven from the Fairlawn Primary School decorated the six panels to show how they

explore nature on their doorstep.

Their finished artwork was praised by Skanska’s Design Manager, Mike Charlesworth, who likened their paintings

to famous works of the French Impressionists, as displayed in the Tate Gallery.