Lafarge puts students on route to top

CLIMBING: Students Nick Murray (left) and Anousa Parkin (right) try out the wall. Standing back row l to r: James Breen (Lafarge Cement Hope Works health and safety coordinator); teacher Margaret Carter; College Principal Bernie Hunter; front row l to r: teacher Matt Fitton; and Richard Worthington (Lafarge Cement Hope Works project engineer). Photo submitted.
CLIMBING: Students Nick Murray (left) and Anousa Parkin (right) try out the wall. Standing back row l to r: James Breen (Lafarge Cement Hope Works health and safety coordinator); teacher Margaret Carter; College Principal Bernie Hunter; front row l to r: teacher Matt Fitton; and Richard Worthington (Lafarge Cement Hope Works project engineer). Photo submitted.

Hope Valley College students are enjoying an early Christmas present – a fixed and revamped climbing wall in their gym.

Problems were identified and a possible solution was put forward by Richard Worthington, a mechanical project engineer at the LaFarge Hope Works and a member of the college’s governing body.

“With the help of Eastwood and Partners consultants, I prepared a report on the cause and proposed a solution. This ended up being considerably more complex than first expected and, as a result, took longer,” explained Richard.

“The college did not have the funds to progress the project so, building on the long-standing positive relationship we have with the college, Lafarge was able to step in and help.”

The work was carried out by Centreplain Ltd, whose team consists of Hope Valley College students.

Hope Valley College Principal Bernie Hunter said: “It is great to have the climbing wall back in use, thanks to the fantastic team effort of Lafarge and its contractors.

“We have always had a good working relationship with Lafarge in the past and they have supported us over the years with several financial and practical projects.

“We would like to extend an enormous thank you to Richard and the team who worked on the project, as well as Lafarge for backing it. The college’s gym now offers our students once again the opportunity to develop climbing skills and enjoy another activity.”