Stevenage schoolchildren swap classroom for construction site

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A Stevenage construction site became a classroom for the day, as a group of year one students visited to learn more about how homes are built.

Wedgewood Way school trip

The Martins Wood Primary School pupils were at Wedgewood Way, a development of affordable homes at a former office site in the town.

Decked out in mini hard hats and hi-vis vests, the children learned about different types of construction materials, viewed a recently completed house, and saw some heavy machinery in action.

The students were also able to see the artwork their year three friends had created earlier in the year for site hoarding at the development, on the themes of community, construction and safety.

Metropolitan and developer Chase New Homes are building 248 affordable homes at Wedgewood Way. Stevenage Borough Council is working in partnership on the development, which includes 40 homes to rent and 208 for shared ownership.

Guy Burnett, Executive Director of Development at Metropolitan, said: “We’re proud to be delivering hundreds of quality new affordable homes here in Stevenage – and really pleased that, as part of that, we could help local children learn more about how homes are built. Maybe some of the pupils might even consider a career in construction one day.”

Nick Warren, Director at Chase New Homes said: “It was great to host the children, and see how engaged they were – particularly when they saw the heavy machinery being used on site. We are looking forward to some new recruits to our industry in a few years’ time.”

Councillor Jeannette Thomas, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Stevenage Borough Council said: “Providing quality affordable housing for people in Stevenage is one of our top priorities. The work underway at Wedgewood Way will deliver further much-needed new homes here in the borough, through a partnership that values community-focused development.”

Andrew Carless, Deputy Headteacher at Martins Wood Primary School, said: “As part of their curriculum this year, the children have been learning about what it takes to build a home – and visiting a real building site really brought all of this to life for them. Big thanks to Metropolitan, Chase New Homes and Stevenage Borough Council for facilitating such an exciting trip for the children.”