Faithful+Gould Lights the Way from Cardiff to Liverpool

Dale Potts
Twenty young people from Cardiff youth centres recently travelled up to Liverpool to take part in the European City of Culture 2008 closing ceremony.

The children joined others from across the country and displayed selected artwork from the Heritage Castle Lights Project.

Earlier in the year, 22 youth clubs from Cardiff were involved in the council-run project which involved members exploring the local history of the area, their heritage and why their families had come to settle in the city. It was part of the national Portrait of a Nation campaign that allows young people to explore and express what's important to them about where they live.

After researching their history and heritage the children worked with a professional artist to turn their thoughts into art. Faithful+Gould contributed £2,500 towards the sponsorship of artist Terry Quinn to work with the young people on their ideas.

Tina Hatton-Evans of Faithful+Gould comments: "It is really important to be involved with the local community and what better way to show our support than to encourage young people to be proud of where they're from. We've been working with Cardiff City and County Council for some time now and look forward to continuing our close relationship in order to create an excellent community for the next generation."

Selected artwork was then translated into giant rope lights that are on display on the outer walls of Cardiff Castle throughout the festive period. Faithful+Gould's parent company, Atkins, also donated £2,500 towards the accommodation of the children in Liverpool for the closing ceremony, £500 of which was raised by Atkins staff from the Cardiff office.

Faithful+Gould is the project manager, quantity surveyor and construction design and management (CDM) co-ordination framework provider to Cardiff City and County Council Property Services Department. The company has been working with the Council for the past three years, advising on projects including the Heritage Lottery Fund aided programme of works at Bute Park, the schools rationalisation programme, monitoring on the new Cardiff City football stadium, athletics facilities and library.