25 May, 2012

Wates keeps child’s play safe in Dewsbury Moor

Children from Dewsbury Moor have been given a lesson in the importance of safety on a building site following a community art competition from local contractor, Wates Living Space.

300 pupils from Westmoor Junior School on Church Lane took part in the competition, which saw them design and produce a Health and Safety poster following a visit from Wates and construction mascot, Ivor Goodsite.

During the visit, Wates taught the children about the dangers of scaffolding, heavy machinery, building materials and how to dress to avoid injury. After which they were invited to design a poster showing what they had learnt.

The six best posters were then selected by Kirklees Council for display on the hoardings at Wates’ Woodland Court site on nearby School Lane. The winners were rewarded for their efforts with book tokens during a school assembly presentation from the Wates site team.

Holly Loftus (10) was named the overall winner of the competition with the five runners up being Ella Whitehead, Huzaifa Rauf, Elise Jones, Yusuf Fronkarolia and Leon Smithson.

Head of Westmoor Junior School, Miss Kim John commented: “The children have really enjoyed taking part in this competition and are really excited to see their work displayed on the hoardings. It has allowed them to explore their creative side whilst also appreciating the huge importance of safety on a construction site. I’d like to thank Wates for taking the time to come and talk to us and we look forward to working with them in future as construction of Woodland Court continues.”

Wates Living Space is currently building a 46-apartment extra care scheme with communal spaces on School Lane as part of its delivery of the Excellent Homes for Life Housing PFI project for Kirklees Council. This will see the construction of 466 new Council homes for rent across the district over a 30-month period.

Work on Woodland Court commenced in January and is on schedule for completion in April 2013. As part of its presence in the area, Wates is actively engaging with the local community and recently took time out to build a number of sheds for the pygmy goats at Stonehouse Manor care home on Moorlands Road.  


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It is really important to us to use our presence in Dewsbury and throughout Kirklees to create lasting benefits for members of the community and this is just one way we can do that. There were some fantastic designs produced which showed a great deal of thought and effort had been put into the competition and made the judging process incredibly difficult. I’d like to thank all the pupils for their hard work.
Joanne Jamieson, Regional Managing Director of Wates Living Space