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Pupils add a splash of colour to the Forum refurbishment

Monday, August 16, 2010

PUPILS at seven local schools drew on all of their artistic skills to create eye-catching display boards which are set to go on show at Billingham Forum.

Stockton Council and construction company Morgan Sindall, which is carrying out a £17 million refurbishment of the leisure and entertainment facility at The Causeway, Billingham, joined forces to set the pupils the fun challenge.

Children from Pentland Primary School, Oakdene Primary School, Billingham South Primary School, Ash Trees School, St John The Evangelist Primary School and St Paul's RC Primary School, all got their pens poised to enter the competition to come up with colourful designs for the boards.

The brief was simple - each school was challenged to decorate a board with images to illustrate what the building, which was built in the 1960s, meant to them.

Councillor Mary Womphrey, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Billingham Forum is a well-loved facility which is at the heart of the community and this was a great way to get the young people involved.

"We wanted to see what the Forum means to them and the designs really are great and eye catching and I am pleased they will be displayed for all passers-by to see for the duration of the works."

Simon Hodgson, Morgan Sindall Project Manager, added: "Wherever we work, we are always keen to involve members of the local community in the projects we carry out. We thought that the competition would be a fun way of getting input from the local schools and help the pupils find out a bit more about the refurbishment scheme.

"All of the boards look fantastic; the pupils did an excellent job and they clearly put a great deal of thought into their designs."
The completed boards will now go on display on a section of the site hoardings and will remain in place until the refurbishment scheme has been completed.

The £17 million refurbishment includes:


A swimming pool (6 x 25m) and refurbished changing rooms, toilets and spectator areas
The gym will be extended to offer an additional 30 health and fitness stations making 70 in total. Changing facilities will be improved and a new dance studio provided
Structural improvements will be carried out to the theatre area and it will benefit from enhanced entrance and hospitality areas
The ice rink is to benefit from a new ice pad and an upgrading of the spectator area, toilets, and skate hire distribution point and changing facilities
The indoor two lane bowls court will be improved, as will the four court sports hall and two squash courts
A more stylish and enhanced reception area with new central café area in a glazed atrium is to be created, allowing visitors to the Forum to relax and enjoy their surroundings including bespoke art works in a dedicated exhibition space
A children's play barn plus catering and function room.
During the refurbishment, Stockton Council and Tees Active have worked together to deliver a comprehensive programme of activities at alternative locations across Billingham and the wider Borough.

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