2016 - July 2016

Henry Boot Construction transport the ‘Herd of Sheffield’ to their new home for the summer

Herd of Sheffield'Heard Sheffield?' by artist TemperHenry the Constructor by Deven BhurkeTransporting the Herd of SheffieldTransporting the Herd of SheffieldTransporting the Herd of Sheffield

Henry Boot Construction and Banner Plant have teamed up with The Children’s Hospital Charity in order to safely deliver the 58 Herd of Sheffield elephants to their new locations throughout the city.

To celebrate, a preview event was held at 92 Burton Road last week, where artists and sponsors came together for a sneak peek at their elephant.

Colleagues from Henry Boot Construction and Banner Plant attended the event on Wednesday 6 July, with Director, Tony Shaw, making a speech to help give the elephants a proper send off.

“It was great to see so many people at the preview supporting the Herd of Sheffield event and I felt really privileged to be asked to be involved in the project.  I am looking forward to seeing the elephants around Sheffield, as well as the reaction from the public,” said Director, Tony Shaw.

Strategic Business Manager, Dave Woodhouse, and Marketing Assistant, Melissa Walsh, along with Richard Ellis, Divisional Manager at Banner Plant, had the opportunity to view all 58 elephants in the Herd, which have been painted by local and national artists.

As keen supporters of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Henry Boot Construction have sponsored two elephants in the Herd. Henry the Constructor has been designed and painted by artist Deven Bhurke, and Heard Sheffield? is the creation of internationally acclaimed artist Temper. Both will be positioned in key locations in Sheffield city centre from the launch on Monday 11 July.

Making sure that the Herd was delivered safely, Richard Ellis organised the transport, plant and equipment required, with help from drivers Andy Evans, Brian White, Mark Sadler and Mark Layland. The elephants were moved into position over four nights, with help from Dave Woodhouse and the Children’s Hospital Charity team.

Dave Woodhouse said, “Henry Boot Construction have had a long affiliation with The Children’s Hospital Charity, so we jumped at the chance to support the Herd of Sheffield event during our 130th celebration year. The logistics were challenging due to the locations and only having access to sites after 9pm, but the drivers from Banner Plant and the rest of the team were superb. Almost everybody in Sheffield has been touched by the great service Sheffield Children’s Hospital provides; here’s to raising lots of money for the charity at the auction event.”

David Vernon-Edwards, the Children's Hospital Charity Director, says, "Everyone who has helped us on the Herd of Sheffield installations has been truly brilliant and that includes all the effort, time and man power Henry Boot put into installing the elephants into their locations. I would go so far as to say that working with them all over the past few days has been an honour. We couldn't have done it without them."

All 58 elephants will be parading the streets until 5th October 2016 in the biggest public art event the city of Sheffield has ever seen. The event is brought to you by Wild in Art and The Children’s Hospital Charity and will culminate in an auction on 20th October 2016, from which all proceeds will go towards life-saving equipment in the hospital.

For more information contact:

Karen Fisher
Business Development Manager