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Pupils from Locking Primary School learned all about the importance of site safety from national housebuilder St. Modwen Homes during a site visit to the award-winning Locking Parklands development in Weston-super-Mare.

The pupils visited the latest phase, The Meadows at Locking Parklands and witnessed the construction activity taking place first-hand from a viewing point behind the barriers on-site.

Led by St. Modwen Homes’ health and safety team, alongside the popular Considerate Constructor’s mascot, Ivor Goodsite, all pupils were given personal protective equipment (PPE), including high visibility jackets and safety helmets, helping the children to understand just how dangerous building sites can be. 

Following the visit, St. Modwen Homes has launched a poster competition with the school, where a selection of the best posters will be displayed on the hoarding at the site for visitors to enjoy.

Joanne Jones, headteacher at Locking Primary School, 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 character – and the children are now looking forward to competing against each other to design a poster from the day, highlighting the potential hazards to be found onsite.” 

Homes are now for sale from plan at The Meadows, which when complete, will deliver a collection of two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom houses. This is the third residential phase to be built at the mixed-use development, located on the former RAF Locking site. 

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. 

Neil Simpson, sales and marketing director at St. Modwen Homes, said: “Engaging with local schools and community groups is not only a huge part of our CSR programme, but our on-going commitment to developing vibrant local communities both in and around our developments.“The safety visit was great fun, but also highlighted the serious message that building sites are dangerous places and are not appropriate for children. The pupils were all genuinely inquisitive about the new homes currently under construction at The Meadows –and by the sounds of it, some might even enter a career in construction one day!”

When complete, the £400 million Locking Parklands mixed-use scheme – which is being developed by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen – will provide a range of community facilities including retail space and a library, all within walking distance of the new homes. A 6,000 sq ft office building has recently been completed at the site, which could create up to 60 jobs once businesses are fully operational.

The Locking Parklands marketing suite, located off Farnborough Road in Locking is open for visitors seven days a week between 10am and 6pm. For further information please call the St. Modwen Homes sales team on 0844 243 4848 or visit