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Pupils from St Columba’s Catholic Primary School received a lesson in site safety from local housebuilder St. Modwen Homes; the developer behind the popular Park View housing scheme in Longbridge, near Birmingham.

The session was led by St. Modwen Homes’ health and safety team alongside the Considerate Constructor’s mascot, Ivor Goodsite at the school. During the lesson, pupils were invited to try on various pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), including high visibility jackets, safety helmets and steel-capped boots, helping the children to understand just how dangerous building sites can be. 

The safety lesson follows the announcement that construction is underway on the second phase of housing at Park View, which is located on Lickey Road just a short distance away from the school. Construction is also underway on the new Longbridge town centre which is due to open this autumn and is being delivered by St. Modwen, the parent company of St. Modwen Homes. 

Andrew Smyllie, headteacher at St Columba’s said: “Building sites are always intriguing places for youngsters, especially as the various diggers and scaffolding make it seem like a really exciting place to explore. With this in mind, it is incredibly important that the children learn just how dangerous construction areas can be and why it is necessary for them not to enter the site.

“It was great to see the pupils really engage with the safety lesson – particularly the hugely entertaining Ivor Goodsite – and they have also completed posters offering various safety tips ahead of their site visit to Park View next month.” 

The pupils from St. Columba will be visiting the Park View construction site in the upcoming weeks to witness the activity taking place behind the hoardings and to find out exactly what could be hazardous to people on the site. Additionally, St. Modwen Homes has launched a poster competition with the school where the pupil with the best design will win vouchers for Toys R Us and a selection of the best posters will be displayed at the site.

Guy Gusterson, managing director of St. Modwen Homes said: “Working with local schools and community groups is a huge part of our residential development programme in Longbridge. The children showed a genuine interest in what was currently happening with the regeneration of the town centre, while the safety lesson was a great opportunity for us to answer all their questions and make sure that their inquisitiveness doesn’t lead them to adventure onto the building site.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the various posters that the pupils enter into the competition and I’m sure they will help everyone – both young and old – remember the very important safety messages that we are busy communicating.” 

The second phase of housing at Park View has recently been released for sale with househunters now able to purchase a new home at the site from plan. When complete, the development will comprise 19 houses, made up of a range of two and three bedroom properties, with prices starting from just £155,950.   

St. Modwen Homes has worked closely with its architects to ensure the new houses boast beautiful exteriors that reflect the traditional architecture of the area, alongside spacious interior rooms that have both higher than average ceilings and large windows. All properties are being built with high quality fixtures and fittings, including Electrolux kitchen appliances and modern bathrooms as standard. 

For more information on the homes at Park View visit the marketing suite, located off Lickey Road, which is open for visitors seven days a week between 10am and 6pm. Alternatively call the St. Modwen Homes sales team on 0844 243 4545 or visit