Children from a Newcastle primary school got a chance to see
how a real building site works and even got to see a sneak preview of the new
homes being built in their area. The Year 1 children from Mountfield Primary
School, Kenton visited the Karbon Homes site on Burnfoot Way, just a short
distance from their school gates.
The children were walked around
the perimeter of the site to observe how the staff and machinery operate.
The children were asked to point
out some of the hazards of a building site, and also had the chance to see the
site office and check on the plans for the new homes, with an elevated view of
the development work. Ellen Hagan, technical manager for Gus Robinson Developments, said: "Hopefully this visit has given the children an insight into how many different processes go into building houses, and why building sites can be dangerous places to be, so safety is always paramount.
Gus Robinson Developments is constructing a collection of 12 new affordable homes at Burnfoot Way, including 2 bed bungalows, 2 bed flats and 2 and 3 bed family houses on behalf of Karbon Homes. All will be available to let at Affordable Rent levels in the autumn. The new homes are being built at one end of a large open area on Burnfoot Way. Karbon Homes is consulting with the local community on a plan for Karbon to invest in developing the adjacent public open space for local residents to enjoy.
Stephen Bell, Managing director at Gus Robinson Developments had this to say: "In 2014 I started working at Gus Robinson Dev’s. One of the first projects I started working on was this scheme in South Shields. 4 years later & after a lot of hard work from lot’s of people, here it is featured as Inside Housing development of the week"