Feb 29 2012 By Lorna Hughes
CELEBRITY builder Craig Phillips and Changing Room star Linda Barker joined forces to transform a library at a Wirral school.
Sandbrook Primary in Stavordale Road, Moreton was chosen for the makeover as part of a week-long campaign by breakfast TV programme Daybreak to to encourage reading.
Former Big Brother winner Craig and Linda have been working their creative magic on the project since Monday, helped by a group of parents and governors.
The new woodland-themed library will be unveiled during a live broadcast from the school on Friday’s show.
Sandbrook was chosen for the makeover after programme makers at ITV approached Wirral Schools Library Service to find a school in the borough to take part.
Craig, 40, who has dyslexia, said the campaign was close to his heart after he struggled to read during his school days.
He said: "It’s been a good week so far and it’s nice to be working around Merseyside. We came down to do a recce and Linda had the idea of a woodlands theme so we've using silver birch trees and some garden planters that we've adapted.
"Reading is so important for the kids and it's great to be able to support something like this. Being able to read is only going to strengthen their chances.
"We want to keep the new library a surprise until Friday but we keep seeing little eyes peeping through the door!"
Oxford University Press has donated a selection of books for the new library and Waterstones gave £400 in vouchers.
A group of pupils visited the book chain's store in Liverpool One this week to choose their new reading material.
Some of the books in the library will be signed by celebrity supporters of the Daybreak campaign, including Prime Minister David Cameron.
Designer Linda is keeping her plans under wraps until Friday's big reveal but hinted the new library would "bring the outside inside".
She added: "I’m using bright, powerful tones to stimulate the kids with colour and it’s really atmospheric. We’re using tree trunks to create the woodland theme with bean bags and big cushions on the floor.
"The tree trunks have been donated by someone who looks after some forest lands in Wirral so it's a real local effort."
Headteacher Claire Temple said: "Craig and Linda have been working hard and it’s been exciting having them on site. It’s created a bit of a buzz around the school."