The ABLE Projects Future Jobs Fund trainees have had a unique training experience in Rotherham this year working on a scheme funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families. They put their developing construction skills to excellent use by revitalizing two unused quadrangles at the heart of Swinton Community School, Rotherham. These drab concrete spaces were transformed into imaginative and engaging resources.
The first space was repaved using recycled plastic ground blocks before two buses were lifted into place using cranes.
A double decker became an aquarium complete with fiberglass fish tanks and hydroponic growing beds, complemented by a single decker which became an outside study resource. The quadrangle also contains some large circular fishing tanks which are home to Koi carp raised at the ABLE site in Wakefield.
In the other space they complimented existing hard landscaping with attractive non slip wood decking and created an outdoor classroom and performance area, using existing structures to create a stage and ornamental fish tanks. The existing concrete structures were clad in brick.
The wide range of skills learnt by the trainees at the Rotherham project will be of great benefit to the building of the ABLE Kirklees project where works have just begun on site.