A new sensory room which will support some of the most vulnerable children at a Coventry school and act as a lasting legacy to a well-known construction worker has been officially opened.
A special event was held at St Patrick’s Primary School to mark the completion of two extensions built by Coventry-based Deeley Construction.
The sensory room has been named after Martin Curtin, who worked for The Deeley Group for 58 years, and passed away in December last year at the age of 86.
The event also marked the completion of an expansion to the staff room, providing teachers with a dedicated workspace to plan lessons.
The school, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, and Deeley Construction welcomed members of Martin’s family for the sensory room’s official opening where they were able to take a look at the space, hear more about what it will be used for and enjoy tea and cake.
Deeley Construction completed the work after Peter Deeley visited the school to hear more about its needs. The firm worked with a number of local contractors to complete the build at a highly reduced cost, with all of the work taking place during the summer break.
Andrea Sherratt, Principal at St Patrick’s Primary School, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our two extensions which wouldn’t have been possible without support from The Deeley Group.
“We had a very tight budget, but Peter Deeley and the company have the community at heart and wanted to help the school andsupport the children, so offered to complete the work below cost.
“Deeley also ensured that all of the work was done throughout the school holidays so it did not cause any disruption to the children’s learning.
“It is an honour to name our sensory room after Martin Curtin, a lot of people in Coventry knew him and our new room will be a lasting legacy. The room is a blank canvas and will be used to provide additional support to some of our most vulnerable children.
“It was excellent to welcome Peter and others involved in the project as well as members of Martin’s family for the official opening.”
Peter Deeley added: “I was delighted to support St Patrick’s Primary School with this project, leaving a legacy in the community which will support children for years to come.
“Martin was one of our finest employees who worked as one of our senior site managers for many years, and it is wonderful that the new sensory room has been named in his honour. It is also good to hear that teachers are already putting their new workspace to good use.”