Perth pupils get exclusive tour of Mill Street

Posted on October 10, 2016

Primary school pupils enjoyed a close-up view of a major construction project which is transforming Perth city centre.

And the Fair City company tasked with the £1.5 million Mill Street makeover is hoping it might one day pave the way to a future in the building industry.

Twenty-two P6 youngsters from Viewlands Primary this week enjoyed a conducted tour of the “Cultural Quarter” development as part of the “World of Work” initiative.

They also participated in a quiz and challenge based on their visit to the Kilmac site.

Teacher Mrs Fiona Gellatly said: “We were delighted to take up the offer of having a look at the construction work that is going on.

“There are many links with the school curriculum in terms of maths, science and even local history, with Mill Street such an historic part of the city centre. We also had a look at The Lade which is at the Horsecross so it ticked a lot of boxes for us.

“The children had a chance to see how maths works in the real world in terms of scale, working out areas of slabs and how patterns come together.

“The youngsters found it all interesting. We were also given a powerpoint presentation by Kilmac in Perth Museum before touring the site.

“We saw the artist’s impression of how it will look when it is finished and we can compare the before and after. When they are in town next I’m sure the children will be telling their mums and dads all about it.”

Kilmac spokeswoman Eilis Elder added: “It was a pleasure to welcome the class to Mill Street and it would be marvellous in years to come if the visit encouraged some of them to think about a career in the construction industry.

“There are so many opportunities and anything that encourages youngsters, especially more girls, into the industry, should be warmly welcomed.

“The Viewlands visit was designed to highlight engineering and construction challenges and the importance of teamwork.

“The youngsters also had a chance to test their design and engineering skills in a classroom challenge using straws and Sellotape.

“We are looking forward to liaising with other schools across Perth and Kinross.”

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