Cable Drum Tables: Connecting with Community

31st October 2017

BCM Construction has kept safety, quality and people at the heart of our business for over 30 years.  We had the opportunity to extend these core values to our local communities by crafting and donating 10 tables and 20 benches to 4 primary schools in partnership with Network Rail.  The tables were constructed from cable drums and sleepers left over from our HV Feeder Cable Installation works in the Great Western Electrification Project.  All the materials that otherwise would have otherwise been classified as waste and sent away for recycling.

1 cable drum = 1 table and 2 benches.

The tables were sanded down to ensure a smooth finish, varnished and finally fitted with a Perspex top to protect the tables from the elements and to make it an easier surface to clean for the 4 primary schools benefited from the picnic benches:

  • Priestley Primary School in Calne
  • Hilmarton Primary School in Calne
  • Longleaze Primary School in Royal Wootton Bassett
  • Noremarsh Junior School in Royal Wootton Bassett

These primary schools have minimal funding to provide outdoor furniture, these cable drum tables afford teachers the possibility to conduct outdoor teaching or games with space for whole classes to have a seat.

Andy Marsh-Ballard, Headteacher of Priestly Primary School, said:

“Tables are fantastic! If ever you have any more tables needing a home we’ve plenty of room here!”

Jenny Peters, BCM’s Environmental Manager, said:

“We want to engage with communities where we work and make a difference where we can.  We believe that these tables will make a great difference to some local schools and are hoping the children & teachers will get some great use from them.”

The tables are also a great education tool to teach school children, and subsequently their parents, about the railway and the reuse of waste. If this inspires one child or adult to think about reuse of precious material resources, we have done our job.

Special thanks to Webbs Transport for delivering the tables for free and Mikerry Rail provided the carpenter who completed the tables.