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Sparks fly as Paisley kids grill site staff

Site manager Scott Clements isn’t fazed by having a journalist nose around his project; it turns out as far as demanding visitors go, CN doesn’t compare to some of the schoolchildren that have been round the site.

“We had one primary school kid with a keen interest in electrics”, he says.

“They had one of our managers sweating, asking him all sorts of questions about electrical distribution boards.”

Open Doors often presents the chance for the public to see construction sites that normally have limited access, but on Morrison’s St Pauls school project in Paisley that’s not the case, the doors have been open from the start.

The site gets visits every two weeks by children for whom the facilities are being built and has a community liason officer who leads with engagement with the local area.

“The aim is for every kid to get the chance to see the school before it’s handed over,” Mr Clements tells me.

As a result the project is well set up to accommodate visitors. Staff have had to create a safe environment for 3-5 year-old children to visit so by the time CN comes by, it’s a walk in the park.

The project itself has also been developed with the schoolchildren at the heart of it.

Client Renfrewshire Council had its in-house team of architects who spoke to students and teachers before coming up with a multi-level building design that features a number of ‘outdoor learning areas.’

“Which is a bit of a risk in Scotland,” Mr Clements quips.

He’s not wrong today, with grey skies, wind and rain constant throughout our site tour.

Not that this puts off the inquisitive children; when they aren’t asking about how concrete is made or marvelling at the layers that go into underfloor heating they want to know “will there be more space for us to play football?”

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