In March, local primary school Sandal Magna Community Academy were invited to take a tour of the Rutland Mills construction site in Wakefield. The tour gave pupils a first-hand look at how we work on site as a contractor, what the site used to be and what exciting things are to come.

The Year 6 class, who are currently working on some creative artwork to feature on the internal site hoardings as part of a geography project were given a tour by Sewell Construction Project Manager, Jon Webster. Their drawings, once complete will be displayed around site cabins to show the history of the Mill over the years.

Catherine Grindle, Teacher at Sandal Magna Community Academy said: “We had a very interesting and educational visit to Rutland Mills. The contractors were amazing with the children and were very open to answering lots of questions and providing lots of information. The children really enjoyed their visit and have loved being part of a project so close to both their homes and school. They are excited for their artwork, which is well underway following our visit, to be on display for others to see.”

The vision for Rutland Mills, soon to be known as Tileyard North, is to create a rich mixed-use, inclusive, creative and cultural cluster, with a programme that includes artists, designers and musicians; digital and tech industries; artisan craft and makers; studios and commercial space; retail; restaurant and hotel offers; event and gallery space; and; provision for education.

Pupils will be invited back to the site later in the year to see their artwork on display, watch this space!

Please note: The site visit was carried out with COVID-secure measures in place.