Bricklaying students from Hugh Baird College are set to play a major part in an iconic and unifying project that is attracting global attention.
The ‘Another Brick in the Wall L8’ project plans to turn a dilapidated wall in Liverpool 8 into a feature that unifies the area and the city.
The wall is on the corner of Cairns Street and Princess Avenue near to the Granby Streets.
The proposal is to rebuild the wall with bricks featuring the names of notable local residents, past and present. In total, there will be 1400 names featured and organisers are appealing for local residents to nominate the names they wish to see on the wall.
The wall will also feature the names of inspirational people, including historical figures from around the world. Some of the names already put forward by local schools include Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Bill Shankly and Dixie Dean.
The project has also generated interest from overseas, especially the US and Canada where ex-pats and people whose ancestors came from the area are keen to get involved and leave their mark.
Through their study programme, which includes not only their main course, but also requires the College students to gain valuable work experience and citizenship skills, the bricklaying students will play a pivotal role in both the demolition of the current wall and the rebuilding of the new wall.
Hugh Baird College Wet Trades Curriculum Coordinator, Martyn Pearson, said:
“We when we were approached to get involved by the ‘Another Brick in the Wall L8’ project team we jumped at the chance. The project has really captured the imagination of the students and they have all been putting nominations forward of the names they would like to see featured on the wall. As a College, we are heavily involved in improving our local communities and this is just another example of how we not only develop our learners to be outstanding citizens.”
Hugh Baird College Bricklaying Level 2 student, Owen Downes from Aintree, said:
“The Another Brick in the Wall L8 is going to be really interesting and I can’t wait to get started. As a group, we undertake a lot of community work and its fantastic to be able to help others with the skills we’ve learnt at College."
“The wall will also be there for years to come, so it’ll be great to be able to tell my grandchildren that I helped build what promises to be a landmark for the area.”
Another Brick in the Wall L8’ Project Manager, Bobby Man, said:
“The creation of the wall symbolises communities working together and will help visitors to realise what it is that makes Liverpool such a special place.”
“We have been blown away by the support shown to the project by Martyn and the Hugh Baird College students. We can’t thank them enough.”
“The planning application is currently with the council but once approved it will be full steam ahead.”