Civil Engineers from Taylor Woodrow working on the Old Oak Common Depot project have laid the final touches to an eco-house at Phoenix School Farm in Hammersmith.
The volunteering was a continuation of their first visit in August when they planted an impressive array of herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers, to complete the remaining section of ‘wall’ - constructing a raised bed inside the greenhouse and planting mixed spicy salad leaves and pak choi.
During the day, which was organised by Community Relations Representative Chris Staples, the team learned about organic pest-control experiments being carried out by the school’s sixth form pupils, as well as the farm’s preparations for the upcoming harvest festival and largest pumpkin competition.
Chris Staples, Community Relations Representative for Taylor Woodrow, said:
“We are dedicated to developing the local communities where we work, and it’s also quite fun to get our hands dirty, especially for a great cause. These gardens will create a fantastic space for pupils to learn about vegetation and the maintenance of this beautiful garden.”
Hammersmith Community Gardens Association manages the garden development for Phoenix High School where pupils, as well as volunteers, help upkeep the garden beds.
The Old Oak Common Depot team will be supporting Phoenix School Farm for the duration of the four year contract.
In April 2014, Transport for London awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract to design, build and maintain the fleet of trains required for Crossrail. The trains will be maintained at a new depot being built at Old Oak Common by Bombardier Transportation’s subcontractor, Taylor Woodrow, the civil engineering division of VINCI Construction UK.
Crossrail will link Reading and Heathrow in the west and Shenfield and Abbey West in the east, the line will be fully operational in late 2019.