A day at a new homes site for schoolchildren in Harrow

July 19, 2018 / Keith Osborne
A day at a new homes site for schoolchildren in Harrow

To give them some fascinating experience of life in the construction industry, Redrow recently welcomed some Year Five students from St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School in Harrow to its Lyon Square development to swap the classroom for a construction site for a day.

The nine- and ten-year-olds are currently studying ‘materials and their properties’ as part of their Science topic, learning the difference between natural and manmade materials as well as how the properties of a material make them suited to different uses.

They started their day with a tour of the Lyon Square marketing suite by the onsite sales team, where they saw a hand-made scale model of what the development will look like once complete. It was then time to don the hi-vis and hard hats to step out and see the construction site first-hand while also learning about all the different materials used to build new homes.

At present, the onsite construction team is currently landscaping a communal garden for wildlife, part of a partnership between Redrow and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and the students were able to be part of it, planting bee-friendly plants around the garden.

Simon Halfhide, sales director at Redrow London, says: “In order to help tackle the ongoing construction skills shortage, it is very important that we expose young people to the different opportunities that are available within the sector, and we are always looking for new and innovative ways of doing this. By inviting schools and their pupils onto the site, we hope that some will be inspired to take on apprenticeships or other career paths into the industry in the future.

“We would like to thank the children and teachers at St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School for spending time with us today, and look forward to building on our relationship with the school in the future, along with the rest of the local community.”

The final phase of the development – Masters Court – went on sale on 14 July, bring the final block of 54 apartments to the 312-unit site.

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