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Morgan Sindall puts future Guide Dogs to the test

Morgan Sindall puts future Guide Dogs to the test

Morgan Sindall staff building a new National Breeding Centre for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs) in Leamington Spa put their new found canine friends to the test.

Blindfolded with only a guide dog to lead them through an obstacle course set up on the construction site, the workers experienced first-hand the benefits of the centre they are currently helping to construct.

The Morgan Sindall team were celebrating Guide Dog Week 2010 (2 – 10 October) and this year’s theme of “Extraordinary Partnerships”.

West Midlands-based Morgan Sindall is creating a state-of-the-art centre, which will be a flagship site for the charity with visitor and educational facilities. The new base will enable Guide Dogs to increase the number of puppies currently bred each year from 1,100 to around 1,550.

“We were keen to get involved with Guide Dog Week and thought this would be a fantastic way to demonstrate what the dogs can actually do,” says Tony Fitzgerald, Morgan Sindall project manager. “The exercise only reinforced the important work of Guide Dogs. Every working day three new guide dog partnerships are created – each one involving around 20 months of training, seven years of support and costing just under £50,000.

“As a company committed to helping build tomorrow’s world, we are delighted to be working with Guide Dogs to create a centre which will help thousands of people.”

The breeding centre, which is due for completion in July 2011, will feature kennels, meeting rooms and staff accommodation. It will incorporate a number of environmentally-friendly features including a biomass boiler and rainwater harvesting.