Jackson Civil Engineering is currently working on the Rathmore Road Improvement Scheme in Gravesend. As we recognised that construction work can cause inconvenience and disruption to local people, the aim of the street art project was to try and alleviate some of the impact whilst the project is under construction. We wanted to engage with the local community and enhance the site hoarding whilst the work is carried out.
We created awareness about the project by engaging one of the artists to paint ‘Watch this space’ and a large eye on the hoarding in February. The street art project has been a great way of brightening up the site hoarding which faces a busy thoroughfare – Lord Street.
The project helps to raise awareness of Gravesend’s vibrant and somewhat untold history. The theme covers 500 years of Gravesend’s River history, linking directly with celebrations for the 400 year anniversary of the death of Pocahontas (who was buried in Gravesend) and forming part of the exciting Heritage Project that Gravesham Borough Council are implementing for the town.
We teamed up with three local schools, Northfleet Technology College, Thamesview School and St. Georges School to work with three professional street artists from 1717 Alliance to produce this historical piece of art for Jackson Civil Engineering’s site hoarding board at Rathmore Road. Eighteen students were involved in producing their contribution to the project.
Gravesham Borough Council and Jackson Civil Engineering jointly funded the entire project which culminated in a grand ‘unveiling’ and celebration on Friday 17th March. This function was attended by all involved in producing the artwork as well as Gravesend dignitaries and local companies that had sponsored a proportion of the materials needed.
Contributing to the local community will create goodwill and using local suppliers can leave a lasting positive impression. Residents will be more inclined to welcome contractors into an area, when any negative impact is off-set by what the site contributes locally. Sites should show a commitment to people, stakeholders, community and the environment and become a temporary member of the community.
The Hub features examples of construction industry best practice sourced from across the UK and Ireland. It can be used by anyone in the industry including site managers, contractors, suppliers and clients, who are looking to improve their standards of considerate construction.
The Hub is a Considerate Constructors Scheme initiative.
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