Little builders check on progress of new homes

Development

02.05.18

Children from a Newcastle primary school got a chance to see how a real building site works - and a sneak preview of the new homes being built in their area.

Burnfoot school visit

Layton (6) and Grace (6) from Mountfield Primary School check out the plans for new homes on Burnfoot Way, Kenton.

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.

Karbon Homes' community development officer Lewis Rimington led the visit alongside staff from Karbon's appointed contractor Gus Robinson and Your Homes Newcastle, who manage many of the homes in the local area.

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.

Karbon Homes is developing, with support from Newcastle City Council and Homes England, a collection of 12 new affordable homes at Burnfoot Way, including 2 bed bungalows, 2 bed flats and 2 and 3 bed family houses. 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.

Lewis Rimington, community development officer for Karbon Homes, said: "We know how disruptive it can be to have a construction site in a residential area, especially in an area like this where vehicles have to get access through narrow streets.

"So we are especially pleased to be able to bring the children to this site, to help explain what goes on here - and why we're building in their neighbourhood.

"The children really enjoyed their afternoon with us, and they asked lots of questions."

Ellen Hagan, technical manager for Gus Robinson, 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.

"Who knows, maybe we've sparked some interest for a future career in the construction industry?"

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