School children put new streets on the map with flower power
Published by Diana Maccarthy for Bramall Construction in Housing and also in Health, Local Government
TWO schoolchildren have put themselves on the map – after naming two new streets in Oldham.
Emily Bullen, aged five years, from Beever Primary School, and Dylan Rhys Taylor, also aged five years, from Beever Primary School, have won a competition launched by Bramall Construction and Contour Homes to name a street for their new housing development.
The £12 million St Mary’s development comprises of 93, two to five bedroom two storey family homes.
Bramall, part of Keepmoat, is constructing the development on behalf of Contour Homes, part of Symphony Housing Group.
As part of the development and community engagement, children from nearby Beever Primary School were asked to choose a name for the two new streets that would be created.
The entries were submitted to Oldham Council’s building control for approval and Oldham councillors chose the winners.
Emily’s winning entry will see one of the new streets named Rose Way and Dylan chose the neighbouring street to be named Poppy Road. Bramall has also christened a new wall which has been built along St Mary’s Road as Bluebell Walk.
Emily said: “It was a bit tricky but I am proud that my name will be there forever.”
Dylan added: “I feel happy that my name was chosen.”
Emily and Dylan were rewarded with Argos vouchers and have had their own road signs made up to keep. The children have also been invited for a site visit to see how the development is coming along.
The new properties at St Mary’s are very energy efficient with 89 homes reaching Code 3 under the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes and the remaining four homes reaching Code 6, the zero carbon standard.
The Code 6 zero carbon homes will save energy thanks to features such as photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, recycling rainwater devices, waste recycling and eco efficient boilers for improved insulation.
Head teacher Greg Oates said: “Our school regards itself as an important part of our local community and we are very pleased that our children have worked with Bramall Construction and been involved in the naming of the new roads. Well done to all our children especially Emily and Dylan.
Belinda Swana, Marketing Co-ordinator at Bramall Construction, said: “We came up with the idea for the name the street competition as we really wanted to get the community involved with the development.
“All the children came up with some great suggestions but we settled on Rose Way and Poppy Road as the names go together really well and create a sense of vibrancy to reflect the development.”
Councillor Dave Hibbert, Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Regeneration, said: “The St. Mary’s scheme – and this school's competition – are great examples of how regeneration brings more than just economic benefits. By encouraging investment in our borough, we’re building a new Oldham and creating jobs. It's good to see the whole community getting behind this development.”