Children with a clear vision

Pupils from a Speke primary school have created history of the future in a time capsule at the entrance of a new two million pound van centre.

The youngsters at Stockton Wood Primary School were given the challenge of designing a ‘campervan of the future’ to mark the opening of Liverpool Volkswagen Van Centre on Evans Road in Speke.

Thirty five children from year six had to create an innovative design featuring ideas for gadgets, beating congestion, benefiting the environment and making a stay in a campervan even more fun.

Three designs were selected and the winners and entrants joined the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles team on Tuesday 12th July, where the designs were sealed in the time capsule and buried in the ground at the front entrance, along with today’s issue of the Liverpool Echo, and a map of Merseyside for future generations to see.

The winning designs were Georgia Preston, Gabby Parle and Misha Arends.

Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Simon Elliott, joined the celebration and marked the official opening by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

He said: “The children have really entered into the spirit of the competition and have shown great insight and knowledge of iconic Volkswagen vans in their designs.

“They have displayed a great awareness of environmental issues, which are so important to our society today, and in the future.”

Head of business for Liverpool Volkswagen Van Centre, David Cowan, said: “It’s wonderful to have the children at the van centre and get them involved with a community project.

“Maybe one day these designs will become reality and be sold from our van centre.”

Headteacher, Mrs Suzy Stacey, at Stockton Wood Primary School said: “It’s always positive news when a local business gets involved with the school.’

“All the children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the competition and some great designs emerged.”

As part of the development 15 jobs have been created and with future growth expected more jobs could be generated.