Murphy get Hoodwinked!

J Murphy and Sons Ltd played its part this summer in creating a discovery trail in Nottingham town centre for a local hospice.

Over 30 six foot robins were each uniquely designed by different artists and erected as part of the ‘Nottingham Hoodwinked Trail’. The council selected the Nottingham Hospice to be the charity partner for the event which aimed to turn the city into a ‘wild art sculpture trail’ telling the tale of Robin Hood’s legendary exploits in the city.

Mark Olden, logistics manager at Murphy who led the installation, said: “I was asked to get involved with the logistics of installing the robins on behalf of Nottingham Hospice by Mike Carpenter and Russell Kellett - our director of plant and director of special businesses respectively. I was very excited to help on such a creative project for a great cause as were the other members of the plant team brought on board to help.”

The robins were made of fibreglass, weighed over 750kg and had to be mounted on concrete plinths.

Working with Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire Hospice, the highways authorities and the local police team Murphy arranged for installation to take place on a weekend in early July. There were strict time restraints for installation which meant the work had to begin at one in the morning with only eight hours to install the structures.

Murphy Plant arranged the necessary equipment; a small telehandler, large ‘Hiab’ lorry and small gas forklift.

The three-strong Murphy team arrived in Nottingham on the afternoon of the 6th July and sorted the robins into the right numbers for their proposed locations, dividing them into three separate loads. The first set were then loaded onto the lorry, ready to be installed at 1am the following morning.


First load of robins leave for the city centre at 1am

Mark said: “We turned up at the city centre all dressed in our orange PPE [personal protective equipment] and received a lot of attention from the late night party revellers as I’m sure you can imagine. We could not have done it without the help of representatives from highways and the hospice helping to guide us through the centre throughout the early morning hours.”

A very 'Robin Hood' inspired robin installed in the city centre 

With only eight hours to install the delicate structures the team had to work diligently and to a strict schedule, with more onlookers gathering as the time went on. The team completed the installations at 7.30am, an hour and a half ahead of deadline.

The trail will be staying until Sunday 30th September so there is still plenty of time to explore the centre and find all the robins.

A Nottingham Forest F.C. inspired robin outside the City ground - home of the Tricky Trees

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Posted Thursday 13 September 2018 by Emma Best

Community, People, CSR, Plant and Transport

About Emma Best

Communications officer based in London. Project experience from rail and power sectors. I like visiting projects and writing first-hand about the great things we are doing, get in touch if you have a story to tell! / 0203 757 1273 / LinkedIn here


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