Primary school children in Havering will have their artwork displayed on construction site hoarding at the Napier and New Plymouth House site in Rainham, as part of an exciting competition launched by Havering Council and Wates Residential.
Children at Rainham Village Primary School and La Salette Catholic Primary School were given special assemblies on building site safety, including presentations delivered by Wates Residential staff and Ivor Goodsite – the construction industry mascot.
After listening to some of the dangers on building sites, the children were asked to design safety posters, considering what lessons they wanted to teach other people about site safety. ‘Don’t touch machinery’, ‘don’t balance on scaffolding’ and ‘don’t ever play with a nail gun’ were just some of slogans that the pupils chose to include in their designs.
Lucky winners from each year group were awarded first and second prizes during assemblies at both schools on Monday 20 January.
Excited by their win, Priscilla, aged 8 from La Salette Primary School, said:
“I have learnt that you must always stay safe near building sites”
Eden from Class 5AG at Rainham Primary School said:
“Always make sure you are with an adult when near to building sites.”
The prize-winning entries were selected by Wates Residential staff including: Keith Ward, Project Director; Emmanuel Amodu, Site Manager; Thomas Lule, Section Manager; and Michelle Howard, Senior Document Controller.
Wates Residential are working in a joint venture partnership with Havering Council to deliver 3,500 high quality homes over the next 12 to 15 years in Havering, doubling the amount of council rented accommodation and more than doubling the number of affordable homes.
The Napier and New Plymouth House site in Rainham is the first of 12 to be regenerated. The plans for the site, approved by the Strategic Planning Committee in October, include 126 affordable homes, with a number earmarked for families, and a further 71 homes for private sale targeted at local buyers. All residents who have been moved off the site to enable the regeneration have been guaranteed the right to return.
The joint venture partnership is delivering a borough-wide legacy, including increasing skills, training and education opportunities for local residents.
Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White, said:
“It is important that we include all our residents and businesses in our regeneration projects, and this also includes the generation of young people that will grow up and will continue to call Havering their home.
“This competition has introduced these children to the hazards of building sites, and how to remain safe around them. Also, it has got them thinking about the exciting world of construction from an early age, perhaps inspiring them to future successful careers in the industry.”
Kate Ives, Development Director for Wates Residential, said:
“It is wonderful to see the next generation so engaged in the Napier and New Plymouth House project, which will deliver hundreds of new homes in their local area. The pupils were really engaged in the presentations about building safety and had a great time designing the posters. We received so many eye-catching and imaginative entries, the team had a hard task choosing the winners!”