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BACK TO THE FUTURE AT ADMIRAL HEADQUARTERS

History was made at the fast developing site of the new Admiral Group Headquarters in Cardiff when time capsules were buried deep in the ground for posterity.

Alex Morgan (foreground) director of developers Stoford, joined representative from the insurance giant and pupils from Michaelston Community College to place two capsules amongst the foundations of the 220,000sq ft, 11 storey building. It is being constructed on the former David Street car park and when completed early next year will enable Admiral to employ more than 3,000 people in one location.

Kevin Hougardy, Leader of Year 10 at Michaelston Community College said: “The History Club at Michaeslton Community College wanted to place a ‘snapshot’ of the school quite literally in the landscape of Cardiff. This term’s project was a time capsule into which staff and pupils placed personal items ranging from their wedding photographs to baby clothes belonging to their children to their O level certificates from school days. Pupils placed photographs, games and other belongings. Also, staff and pupils wrote letters to the people of the future.

“As well as bringing history to life, it was fascinating for pupils to gain close up experience of a major construction project,” he added.

Communications Manager at Admiral, Justin Beddows, said, “When we heard the pupils from Michaelston Community College were burying a time capsule we thought it was a brilliant idea and so decided to bury our own capsule at the same time.

“We asked our staff for suggestions of what to include as we wanted items which would represent Admiral right now. Space was tight but we managed to include a Wales rugby shirt, a car insurance certificate, a CD of the Admiral Inspire Choir and a piece of jigsaw. Every member of staff at Admiral receives a piece of jigsaw from our CEO, Henry Engelhardt when they join the company. It represents that the picture is incomplete without each piece. Although I’m not sure what someone of the future will make of it.”

Constructed by McAlpine, the scheme will feature the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency and is scheduled to be completed by January 2014.

Alex Morgan (Stoford Developments) with pupils from Michaelston Community College

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