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Engineers of the future will find themselves in safe hands thanks to a donation from a medieval charity.

Bircham Newton-based Constructionarium, a not-for-profit organisation providing hands-on construction experience, has been presented with a selection of personal protective equipment for use during training activities, from the Rochester Bridge Trust.

The PPE, all of which is unworn, was left over from the recent multi-million pound Rochester Bridge refurbishment project.

The donated kit is already put to good use at Bircham Newton
The donated kit is already put to good use at Bircham Newton

Kate Castle, bridge programme manager, explained: “During the refurbishment we needed to purchase a large selection of PPE to ensure there was enough to keep the whole workforce safe on site. This inevitably meant that at the end of the project there were items that remained unused.

“As a small team, it was not sensible for us to keep the wide range of sizes and equipment, so we were pleased to be able to give it to a good home.”

Constructionarium runs training activities on the CITB site that see participants create scaled-down replicas of iconic structures from around the world. This gives young people the opportunity to experience the challenges of life on site while enabling them to develop their skills in a practical, safe and relevant environment.

Julia Stevens, chief executive of Constructionarium, said: “It’s really important for young engineers to gain hands-on experience of construction sites and this kit will be an important part of that. We are grateful to the Rochester Bridge Trust for providing us with this donation of PPE.

“We provide training courses to delegates from all over the country, so there’s the possibility that someone who wears some of this kit on our site today may one day go on to work on Rochester Bridge itself.”

Donated kit included lightweight high-visibility jackets and trousers, site gloves and site glasses, in a range of sizes.

For more information about Constructionarium visit https://www.constructionarium.co.uk/

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