Companies join forces to help North Tyneside kid art installation take shape

Local firms have come together to support the building of a new North Tyneside art installation for kids. Local firms have come together to support the building of a new North Tyneside art installation for kids.
Local firms have come together to support the building of a new North Tyneside art installation for kids. | Capita
The play tunnel will soon be available for use by the public.

A new art trail at a North Shields charity has moved a step closer to reality with the help of a series of local businesses.

Meadow Well Connected, a local community hub based on Waterville Road in North Shields, is creating an art trail within its grounds which will consist of a variety of sculptures and activities for children to enjoy with help from Capita’s local public service among others.

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The area includes a play tunnel under grass mound for children which has been put together thanks to a series of local companies.

The grassed area was initially dug out thanks to an excavator, which had been supplied for free by Killingworth-based Northumbria Plant Hire. Workers then laid a large plastic pipe, donated by Bedlington-based Premier Plant and Civil Engineering.

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The two groups have previously combined to create wildflower areas near Meadow Well Metro Station and installing a network of garden paths for the community group. The partnership goes back to 2018.

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Mick Clyde, Site Manager within Capita’s Construction team, said: “We have a great relationship with Meadow Well Connected and were pleased to be able to help out again.

“Once the art trail is complete, I’m sure it will be another great addition to what the charity offers the local community.

“A special thanks to the members of our team, who gave up their time to get involved, as well our partners at Northumbria Plant Hire and Premier Plant and Civil Engineering whose support was invaluable.”

Graham Bone, Development and Delivery Manager at Meadow Well Connected, said: “We are really grateful for Capita’s help in installing the play tunnel.

“It’s a great enhancement to our art trail and the kids are going to love it”

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