Pupils Swap Classroom For Building Site At Heritage Gate

Pupils swapped the classroom for the building site when they donned their hard hats to tour Linden Homes’ new Heritage Gate development in Bexley, Kent.

Twelve youngsters aged 7-11 from nearby Old Bexley Church of England Primary School went with their teacher, Mrs Gibbon, to see for themselves how builders and heavy machinery work and learn vital safety tips.

They also got the chance to try their hand at building walls while wearing high vis jackets and hard hats. The youngsters were part of the school’s Earth Matters class and were each treated to a goodie bag before they left.

They were taken around by site manager John Webb – dressed as building safety mascot Ivor Goodsite. He explained why building sites are so dangerous to play in and how Linden Homes reuses material to minimise its impact on the environment.

Teacher Mrs Gibbon said: “Learning up-close like this was a really valuable experience that our pupils enjoyed a lot, so we’re very grateful to Linden Homes for investing the time to show them round.”

Linden Homes South East managing director Steve Bangs said: “It was a pleasure to invite the pupils to take a tour round Heritage Gate so they could see for themselves this new neighbourhood appearing in their community.

“It was exciting for them to see the construction process at first-hand and learn some important safety lessons. I hope some of them might even be inspired to become the builders of the future.”

Heritage Gate is a mix of three and four-bedroom townhouses and one and two-bedroom apartments. It overlooks open countryside and enjoys a village feel close to many traditional shops pubs and eateries, but with good transport links to London.

The homes boast fully-fitted kitchens and form a gated development within a landscaped setting bordered on one side by the banks of the meandering River Cray. Just 300 metres from Heritage Gate is Bexley train station with its services to London in less than 40 minutes.

For more information call 0844 417 8845 between 10am and 5pm, Thursday to Monday.

Velvet Shiraisha-Edwards (7), Sam DeSouza (7) and Laura Gander (9) from Old Church School try their hand at bricklaying
Velvet Shiraisha-Edwards (7), Sam DeSouza (7) and Laura
Gander (9) from Old Church School try their hand at bricklaying

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For further information, contact Lyndsay Scanlan or Sam Nickerson at Remarkable Public Relations on 01962 893 893.

17 January 2013

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