Local children create artwork to brighten up construction site

Over 300 school children, aged between 5-11 years-old, have taken part in an art project to add more colour to the Midland Metro Alliance hoardings in Victoria Square.

The Midland Metro Alliance has been working with Regents Park Community Primary School as part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, an initiative started in 1997 to help improve the image of construction.

The artwork was prepared as part of the school’s Art Week, with ten unique designs created by the children using acrylic paints supplied to the school by the Midland Metro Alliance. The designs will be digitally transferred and then printed onto hoardings.

The creative work shows how the completion of the extension, which is due to open in time for Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games 2022, 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: “As a member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, it is important for us to demonstrate our involvement within the communities where we are working. As part of this, we always look for ways to engage and promote the construction industry. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the children at Regents Park Community Primary School who have produced some fantastic designs. We are looking forward to the hoardings going up in Victoria Square.”

Mr Beale, Headteacher at Regents Park Community Primary School, added: “The children have really enjoyed learning more about the Metro extension, construction in general and having the chance to show off their artistic sides. We’re very proud that their work will be displayed in such a great location in the city whilst the construction continues in the heart of Birmingham.”

Five new tram stops will be created when the Birmingham Westside Metro 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.

The first phase of the works will take the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square, with services expected to commence in late 2019. The second phase will continue to Edgbaston, and is planned to open in 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.

For any further questions about the work, please visit our project page or email communications@metroalliance.co.uk.