10 October 2012

Construction firm behind films documenting Bristol Youth Hub project

Films include recollections of 94 year-old former fire fighter

South West based contractor, Midas Construction, has sponsored a series of films documenting the concept and delivery of The Station, Bristol's new £4 million world class youth hub.  The films showcase the buildings history and the role that young people played in its design and construction.

Sandy, Ashley and Derek outside he StationLed by the Creative Youth Network, the Old Fire Station on Silver Street, Bristol, will be formally opened next week (October 18th). The aim is to create a safe, neutral space in which young people from all backgrounds can thrive, chill out, have fun and take part in creative projects as well as benefit from counselling, career guidance and health advice.

With input from young people involved with The Station, the four film project has been produced by Bristol based professional film makers, "Calling the Shots" (CTS) to document different perspectives in the history and creation of the project.

As one of the ‘Station Drivers', Jess's story provides an insight into how the young end users were consulted from the outset and how they contributed ideas to the design and future use of the facilities, while Ashley's story recounts the experience of a young apprentice recruited to join the construction team.

Nick's story is that of Midas' project manager, Nick Hill, and follows the progress of construction, and the challenges of refurbishing a Grade II listed city centre building with limited access, into a unique venue for young people.

Film maker, Steve Gear, said: "Perhaps the most poignant of the four pieces of work is Jim's story.  Jim, a 94 year old retired fire fighter, was stationed at Silver Street from 1946 until its closure in 1973.  He provided us with some vivid memories which we have captured and, along with original black and white footage from Bristol Museum, provides an authentic voice from the past, a background context, and a sense of continuity to the project, augmenting the contributions of the young people involved and Midas.

"At CTS, we have a lot of experience of working with young people, but what was particularly creative about this project, was how Midas saw the opportunity of using our specialist skills to achieve their social responsibility and community engagement objectives in getting young people to work creatively with professional film makers."

Derek Quinn, Midas Construction Executive Director, said: "This has been a wonderful project for all concerned and we are delighted to be handing it over to Creative Youth Network.  Our company has been involved with The Station even before we were appointed, helping to raise funds towards it through sponsored Dragon Boat racing and other charitable activities.

"It has been a particular pleasure as we have been able to involve young people at different stages of the project and with the film initiative, it has now been captured for posterity."

Midas Community Week teamAs part of the company's annual group-wide ‘Community Week', Midas staff have also been involved in a refresh programme at Creative Youth Network's headquarters in Kingswood.

The Station films will shortly be available to view on line by visiting  www.creativeyouthnetwork.org.uk

Photos from left

Outside The Station: Sandy Hore-Ruthven (Chief Executive of the Creative Youth Network) Ashley Jones (Midas Apprentice), Derek Quinn (Midas Construction Executive Director)

The Midas Community Week team: Dave Newman (Midas). Elliot - Apprentice from Creative Youth Network, Dominic - Creative Youth Network, Kate Bailey, Serena Patel, Cathy Dallosso, Jill Jenkins, John Sharman (All Midas), Sam - Creative Youth Network and Alan Hope (CEO Midas Group)

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