Site visit to Keepmoat for Dunkirk Primary School
Published by Becki Ord for Keepmoat in Communities and also in Housing
Children from Dunkirk Primary School meet Keepmoat Ken during a recent site visit.
CHILDREN from Dunkirk Primary School visited a £14 million live construction site in Lenton, where national housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat is building 142 new homes, in partnership with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council.
The 60 children aged between five and seven were met by mascot Keepmoat Ken, had a short talk about the build from Andy Adlington, the Project Manager for Lenton, and got to see real-life diggers and cranes in action.
The purpose of the trip was to inspire the youngsters to come up with ideas for the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition, run by CCS (Considerate Constructors Scheme), which aims to educate children about safety on site and maintain a positive legacy for kids to aspire to.
The Dunkirk children will create artwork, themed around ‘A Street View of Lenton’. The artwork will be displayed on the construction site’s hoarding during the build, with the winning designs being announced in June by CCS.
Andy Adlington, the Project Manager for Lenton, said: “The children’s faces were fantastic when they saw Keepmoat Ken and the crane carrying heavy materials.
“The kids are very eager to start drawing and everyone on site is looking forward to seeing their designs.”
Class teacher, Kate Butler, said: “The children have been interested in the development of the flats and our visit on Friday answered all of their questions. They are looking forward to providing artwork for the hoardings.”
Five high-rise tower blocks in Park Street and Lombard Close are currently being demolished to make way for the new homes, which will comprise a mixture of one and two bedroom flats for general use, a 54-bed independent living scheme for the over 60s, 16 bungalows and a mix of two and three bedroom family homes.
Steve Hale, Director of Property Services at Nottingham City Homes, said: “The site Keepmoat is working on at Lenton is the largest individual site we have at present in the Building a Better Nottingham scheme.
“We know local people have a real interest in the progress with the new homes. When we work with local schools ourselves, we’re always delighted to hear how many questions the children have, and how interested they are in the process.”
“I can’t wait to see the children’s pictures, which we hope stand a great chance of winning a Considerate Constructors award.”
Keepmoat is also currently working in partnership with Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council to deliver the award-winning Secure Warm Modern home improvement programme across the city.