A team of industrious apprentices has created a new sensory unit in Kilmarnock, designed to provide a calming sanctuary for young people with communications disorders and autism.
The project was completed in just 40 hours with the support of partner contractors and suppliers, including CMS Window Systems. Created for over 40 children who have autism within the school, the new Snow White and the Seven Dwarves themed wooden cabin, garden and sensory facility has provided a much needed space to cater for school’s demands.
The facility went from the drawing board to completion in record time thanks to the hard work of the 18 apprentices working for Morrison Construction and its supply chain, as well as departments across East Ayrshire Council.
Undertaken as part of the annual Ayrshire Chamber Modern Apprenticeship Challenge 2017, the school’s Deputy Headteacher says that the construction of the new Crosshouse Communications Unit will have a massive impact on the day-to-day health and wellbeing of the pupils.
It brought together trainees studying for SVQs in Horticulture, Electrical, Administration and Joinery under the team name ‘EAC United’, reflecting their numerous different disciplines. They were joined by other Modern Apprentices and time-served craftsmen from the private sector companies involved.
Supporting EAC United was CMS Window Systems, a leading window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer. CMS fabricated and supplied all the PVC-U windows, French doors and entrance doors for the building, nicknamed the ‘Happy Hive’.
Andy Kerr, Managing Director at CMS Window Systems, said: “The new Crosshouse Communications Unit project was such an exciting project to get involved with, and we were delighted when we were asked to provide our support. Its creation has benefitted so many groups, including the next generation of tradesmen and women, but most of all the young people who will ultimately use the superb new addition to their school.”
Pictured above are pupils of Crosshouse Primary School who join the team involved in the construction of the new ‘Happy Hive’.