Playground problem solved: Cadent helps St Mary’s RC Primary School, Denton, create safe outdoor play area

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Gas network Cadent has answered an SOS from a Denton primary school, helping to create safe outdoor play zones for children returning to classroom-based learning.
Like schools across the country, St Mary’s RC Primary has welcomed back its pupils after a long period of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Kynder Street school will keep its children in ‘social bubbles’ for the foreseeable future, which then creates a challenge when it comes to its single, large playground.
After being contacted about the dilemma, local gas network Cadent realised it could provide a perfect solution – the barriers and signs it normally uses to surround its work areas.
Cadent’s Marcus Cartmell, Ian Campbell and Gary Haslem helped source, deliver and install barriers, helped by the school’s headteacher Deidre Reeves and Assistant Headteacher Gemma Moran.

Marcus Cartmell said: “This set up now allows the multiple year group bubbles to enjoy break time outside simultaneously and safely. We got a lot of job satisfaction from this – helping a local community and customers overcome a difficult problem with a simple solution.”
Gemma Moran added: “This has made such a difference; we can allow so many more children to play out in the fresh air. Something that wouldn’t have been possible without the support from Cadent."

Cadent in the North West

Cadent manages the 21,000 miles of gas mains that run under North West England. These carry gas safely to 2.7 million properties in the region, helping heat over 83% of local homes. If placed end to end, that amount of pipes would run from Denton to Sydney, Australia, and back again.
Working from 14 depots, from Kendal to Crewe, Cadent also provides the North West’s 24/7, 365-day gas emergency service.


Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

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