2 Jun 2020 10:07
Published by: Scott Callan


The Henbury Millenium Green is open again thanks to a volunteer team from Vinci Construction who took a busman’s holiday from building the King’s School’s new £60 million campus to help out the local community.

Quick thinking Henbury Millenium Green Trustees knew just what to do when they needed some workmen to help them reopen the Green in accordance with Covid-19 regulations. The idyllic setting, that has been a sanctuary for local families since the turn of the millennium, needed to be professionally fenced off from the children’s play area, which must remain closed under Public Health England guidance.

So they put a message out online seeking assistance and within hours they didn’t just have a workman, but a whole team of internationally renowned construction professionals.

Vinci Project Manager, Martin Horton, who is leading the construction team building  theKing’s School’s new £60 million campus, was notified and immediately responded to say they would help. He sent down a team, equipped with fencing panels to survey the job and meet the Trustees.

The Trustees take up the story: “Last Thursday we appealed for help to have the children’s play area fenced according to Government Covid-19 Guidance so we could open the rest of the Green.

“To our delight on the very same day the Project Manager of Vinci Construction UK Ltd at the new King’s School site contacted us to say they could not only provide the fencing but come and erect it for us.

“True to their word Guy Downes of Vinci Construction and his team arrived first thing on Friday and in no time the job was done.

“We are so grateful to Vinci for their support and we have of course written tothank them wholeheartedly.”

Vinci Project Manager Martin Horton said: “In these challenging times it’s frankly wonderful to be given the opportunity to help such a worthwhile local cause. Our team really enjoyed their busman’s holiday and I hope local people will enjoy this facility during a trouble free, happy summer.”

King’s Director of External relations, Caroline Johnson, said: “Vinci has been a great partner enabling King’s to fulfill our 2020 Vision of a brand new, state-of-the-art school and its typical of Martin and his team that they should step-up when asked by locals to help. The company has a great sense of social responsibility and I’m delighted that Henbury residents are now able to access the Millennium Green again.”


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