Site mural unveiled


McPhillips and the Wrekin Housing Trust have today officially unveiled the mural designed by the children of Shortwood Primary School in Wellington on our site hoarding at Oakwood Extracare.

80 pupils and staff visited the Oakwood site at the start of June as part of their school project ‘the house that Jack built’ and over the last three weeks have been working to reproduce their image of the project which features diggers, a tower crane, McPhillips’ workmen and residents queueing to view the finished building. The impressive 14m wide mural at the junction of Oaks Crescent and Holyhead Road in Wellington will remain in place until the completion of the project in 2016.

In attendance to enjoy the unveiling were two of the Wrekin Housing Trust's existing Extracare residents Mr and Mrs Beech from the Parkwood Extracare in Telford.

Mark Kiddie, of McPhillips said; “We would like to thank the children and staff from Short Wood Primary School for making their mark on what is a project for the whole community, young and old alike.”

Jane Doult from Short Wood Primary School said; “We’re thrilled with the finished mural and have already received lovely feedback from the local community who have told us it makes them smile. What a wonderful outcome.”

McPhillips began work on the 63 apartment development for the Wrekin Housing Trust in January 2015 and it is on target for completion next year. The construction involved placing 250 piles 10m deep and will use over 88,000 bricks and 1,800m3 of concrete.  Stone has been recovered from a 19th Century Black Country railway bridge and used to construct a wall around the development alongside Holyhead Road.

Assistant Project Manager for the Wrekin Housing Trust, Jane Kind said: “The mural is fantastic and the children have been very interested in how new homes are built. New homes for older people are much needed and we’re pleased to be investing in purpose built housing like Oakwood which provides integrated services for people as they age.”