Competition success for school children’s Midland Metro Alliance hoarding designs

Hoarding artwork designed by West Midlands school children for the Midland Metro Alliance has been named as a runner-up in the national Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition.

The Midland Metro Alliance partnered up with Regents Park Community Primary School in the east of Birmingham to enter the hoarding contest run by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, an initiative started in 1997 to help improve the image of construction.

More than 300 children, aged between five and eleven, helped create 12 unique designs which have been digitally transferred on to panels and installed for display at the construction site in Victoria Square where the work on the Birmingham Westside Metro Extension is well underway.

Their unique artwork shows how the completion of the extension, which is due to open ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, will help improve transport links in the area as people connect to some of the city’s most popular attractions.

Steve Grimes, the Midland Metro Alliance’s Project Director for the Birmingham Westside Metro Extension, said: “We are delighted to have been named as runner-up in the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition. Congratulations to all those involved at Regents Park Community Primary School who worked extremely hard to create such fantastic designs. The colourful hoardings are a welcome addition to our construction site in Victoria Square. It demonstrates just what can be achieved by working with the local community.”

The Midland Metro Alliance recently invited some of the pupils to Victoria Square to see their completed hoarding designs and present them with prizes including Ivor Goodsite certificates and medals.

Alan Beale, Headteacher at Regents Park Community Primary School, said: “The children were really delighted to see their artistic hoarding designs up in such a prime location in the city centre. They are thrilled with their prizes and we cannot thank the Midland Metro Alliance enough. We are extremely proud to have had a part to play in such a major project in Birmingham.”

The first phase of the Metro extension works will take the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square, with passenger services expected to commence in late 2019. The second phase will continue to Hagley Road, Edgbaston, and is planned to open in late 2021, ahead of the Commonwealth Games, for which transport improvements in the city, including the Metro extension, will play an important part in delivering a successful event.

Recently, the Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, announced that the next stage of construction for the Birmingham Westside Metro Extension will begin in September 2018. This stage of works will see the Metro line constructed from Victoria Square to Centenary Square.

In order to facilitate this stage of construction, Paradise Circus will close in both directions from Monday 3 September 2018 and remain closed until summer 2019. The A38 Queensway underpass, which runs beneath Paradise Circus, will remain open in both directions for the duration of the works to allow access to and from the Aston Expressway and M6.

Five new tram stops will be created when the extension is complete. As well as a stop in Victoria Square, other stops will be at Centenary Square, Brindleyplace, Five Ways and Hagley Road. This will allow more people to use the Metro, helping to reduce road congestion in the city centre.