Hands-on at pool project

Three Rastrick High School pupils who were involved in the construction of Brighouse Pool look round at the finished piece. From left is Cyrus McAllister, Ross Wild and Matthew Young
Three Rastrick High School pupils who were involved in the construction of Brighouse Pool look round at the finished piece. From left is Cyrus McAllister, Ross Wild and Matthew Young

CONSTRUCTION students at Rastrick High School have been given the chance to see Brighouse Pool grow from plan to completion.

Over the last two years the school has been involved in every stage of the construction process, intitially visiting the site when it was a piece of land.

Several students were lucky enough to get work experience on the project and one of them, Matthew Young, had a full week at the site.

The construction students regularly visited the site and Ian Rainbow, site manager for Willmott Dixon, visited the school to talk about his career and also about sustainability - which is how construction takes into account people’s welfare as well as looking after the earth’s resources.

Matthew, 16, of Rastrick, said during his week on work experience he was involved in the testing of the learner pool to check it was waterproof and putting in the air conditioning. He also went to a meeting to discuss the colour scheme for the building which Matthew disagreed with but he said he was encouraged to voice his opinions.

“I found the week interesting and Ian took me out on site and explained each section and the processes. They had to deal with a number of changes to the original design,” he said.

Ross Wild, 15, said he thought the finished product was good. “It has a good layout but I felt it needed a cafe,” he said. “It was nice to be involved in the development and see it first hand.”

While visiting the site Duncan Brundell, project manager for Calderdale Council and Rastrick High School governor, explained some of the problems they had encountered since it was opened which he explained could often happen on a newbuild.

Teacher Adele Greenleaf said she had found the construction of the pool fascinating. “Some times we would go down and it would be really quiet and other times there would be hundreds on site.”

One of the pupils, Conn-Na Norman, has been asked to speak about the experience at the official opening of the pool and fitness cente next Friday.