Leisure World site summer placement

Louise Kelly is pictured with Natasha Lister, who is a BAM construction trainee.
Louise Kelly is pictured with Natasha Lister, who is a BAM construction trainee.

Construction at Bridlington’s new Leisure World has provided an employment opportunity for one teenager.

Louise Kelly, 18, who hails from Bridlington, started in late June on a summer placement at the Leisure World project, which she says her grandfather worked on many years ago.

She said: “My grandad worked as a structural draftsman on the original leisure build. It means a lot to the town. I learned to swim here and performed in dance shows as a child.”

After finishing her A-levels at Headlands Sixth Form, Louise has applied to the University of Sheffield to study MEng Civil Engineering; a subject she says grabbed her during an open day. After about nine weeks on the site she will be attending the ICE QUEST interviews in London and is hoping to find a sponsor to see her through to graduation.

The man in charge of the £22 million scheme, Luke Milner, is a young project manager himself. Just 29, Luke started out doing summer work with his father and joined BAM in 2003, also on a day release scheme, and also studying at what is now Leeds Beckett University. He said: “Bridlington’s Leisure World is also different because with most schemes, local people are less enthusiastic about the building being nearby. Here, there’s a real enthusiasm and interest in what we’re doing. That’s very motivating for the whole team delivering the project.”

Luke’s team and the sub-contractors working on the scheme have provided work for over 65 local people who were previously unemployed.