Local children design artwork for new Greystone footbridge

Published on: Wednesday, 28-October-2015

Year 6 pupils from Malvern Primary School in Huyton have designed artwork that will feature at the entrance of the new Greystone Road footbridge.

The children were asked to think about why they would need to cross a bridge and they worked together in groups to talk through their ideas and put them into pictures.

The session was led by Landscape Architects from Mouchel Consulting, who worked with Knowsley Council to create the design for the new bridge. The children learned about the design process for the new bridge and how the final design was developed.

The children were really enthusiastic about the new bridge, asking questions about the old and new structures and commenting that the new bridge is “beautiful” and a “real improvement”.

The ideas generated by the children will be incorporated into the final artwork design for two panels that will be fitted at the entrance to the footbridge on Roby Road.

Mrs Davies, Year 6 Teacher, explained how the bridge has played an important part in lessons, “Last year when learning about World War 2, we recreated an evacuation exercise and the whole of Year 6 walked across the bridge on our way to Court Hey Park. The children were all dressed as they would have been during the war and this made for some really interesting conversations with some older visitors to the park.”

Cllr Mike Murphy, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “The old bridge meant a lot to the local community and we hope that the new bridge will be taken to their hearts too. It will be great for these children who use the bridge every day to see the permanent contribution they have made to this new legacy and will be something they can tell their children about in the future.”

The new footbridge will be open within the next couple of weeks, until then the free shuttle bus service will continue. The artwork panels are expected to be in place by the end of the year.