Pupils from All Saints C of E Primary School received a behind-the-scenes tour of St. Modwen Homes’ Woodlands Reach residential development in Coalville last week, learning all about the dangers associated with building sites.
Led by St. Modwen Homes’ site manager, Shaun Lyons, alongside the Considerate Constructors’ mascot, ‘Ivor Goodsite’, the visit took place to help raise awareness of why children shouldn’t be tempted to venture onto live construction sites.
Following the visit, the year 5 and 6 pupils have been invited to participate in a poster competition, highlighting the various hazards – such as scaffolding, holes, falling objects, flammable liquids and heavy machinery – that can be found on site. The winner of the competition will have their poster displayed on the building site at Woodlands Reach, helping to promote safety messages to both workers on site and passers-by.
Mrs May, headteacher at All Saints Primary School, said: “Being able to go onto a building site allowed the pupils to see first-hand what dangers are associated with live construction projects. Obviously, the safety of our pupils is a key priority for the school and this on-site lesson was a fantastic opportunity for the children to see what actually happens behind the hoardings rather than just being told about it in a classroom.”
Much to the delight of the pupils, each of the 50 children was dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) including hard hats and high visibility jackets to make sure they stayed safe whilst on site.
To coincide with the site safety lesson, the pupils also learnt about various eco-friendly technologies that have been adopted at Woodlands Reach as well as taking away tips on recycling when in their own homes and at school.
Shaun Lyons, site manager at Woodlands Reach, said: “Building sites can seem like fun places to explore but in reality they are one of the most dangerous places for people to be – particularly for adventurous children who think it seems like a great place to play.
“Working alongside the local community is hugely important to St. Modwen Homes and we will be working with more organisations and community groups in Coalville over the next 12 months.”
When complete, St. Modwen Homes will deliver 190 new homes at Woodlands Reach, located on Ravenstone Road on the border between Ravenstone and Coalville. The developer has already welcomed the first seven homeowners to site and is on track to have more than 40 homes complete by the end of October.
The housebuilding brand of the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen, St. Modwen Homes currently has five active sites located across the UK, ranging from Edison Place in Rugby to Locking Parklands near Weston-super-Mare.
There are currently a variety of house types available at Woodlands Reach, ranging from two bedroom semi-detached houses to spacious four bedroom detached homes. Prices for the new properties start from just £146,000 for a two bedroom house and £279,950 for the Lord four bedroom family home that comes with its own private garage.
The marketing suite and show home at Woodlands Reach is open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 6pm inclusive of the weekends. For more information visit www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk or book an appointment by calling 0844 243 4555.