Derwent Living lays on construction site visit for local pupils

Children from a Mansfield primary school took a behind the scenes tour of a brand new housing development, thanks to an East Midlands housing provider.

Derwent Living has been working on the Booth Crescent site, which is located next to Crescent Primary School, since the summer and invited 24 children to take a look around to find out more about the development.

Andy Kirkland, project manager at Derwent Living, said: “The site is right next door to the primary school, so we wanted to give some of the children the opportunity to come along and see what it is we are working on.

“The scheme will deliver 14 brand new homes, which will be made available for affordable rent, to address the need for suitable accommodation in the area.

“We had a great time welcoming the children to the site, where they found out more about the construction industry and how we build new homes – they also got the chance to sit in one of our diggers!”

The 24 children, aged between four and 11, are all class ambassadors at Crescent Primary School and head teacher Vic Wilkinson said they were all thrilled about the visit.

He said: “The children were all very excited about being able to take a look around the site and find out more about what the team at Derwent Living has been up to. The site is right next to the school, so it was great for them to see what’s been going on.

“It is fantastic to be able to give the children the opportunity to see for themselves what happens on a construction site and we are very pleased that Derwent Living arranged for them to visit.”

The scheme, which will deliver a mixture of two and three-bedroom homes, is set for completion in February 2016. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) supported the scheme with grant funding and it is also supported by Mansfield District Council.