Children from Fledglings Kindergarten have designed artwork which is now displayed on construction hoarding at Wates Residential’s Shuttleworth Road site in Wandsworth.
The national developer is currently working in partnership with Wandsworth Council to deliver 92 new affordable homes in the borough across two development sites at Shuttleworth Road and Stag House.
The nursery on Battersea High Street is opposite the Shuttleworth Road site. Children, aged two to four, have enjoyed watching construction works each day and were particularly interested in the diggers on site.
Seeing their enthusiasm, Wates Residential invited the nursery to help design their perimeter hoarding. Pictures, created by 10 children, were then transposed onto hoarding panels. These include builders wearing hard hats, machinery and diggers.
The children were given the opportunity to see their pictures for the first time on Wednesday 13th November. After seeing his picture unveiled, one child from the nursery, aged three, said:
“I drew a blue digger because it is my favourite colour.”
Wates Residential was appointed to deliver the Shuttleworth Road development in July 2019. The work forms part of the council’s wider Winstanley and York Road Estates regeneration programme, to increase the number of affordable homes available for local people.
This high quality development, which will meet all the latest quality, energy and safety standards, will include the construction of 71 homes for social rent, as well as new car parking facilities and landscaping.
As part of its presence in Wandsworth, Wates Residential has pledged to invest in the local community and increase opportunities for local residents. Earlier this year, 16 staff swapped their day jobs to spend time volunteering to support local residents in Wandsworth as part of the company’s Community and Conservation Week.
The volunteers spent more than 90 hours preparing and repainting the main hall at Newlands Hall community centre for the benefit of local residents. Wates Residential donated £500 towards decorating materials, while supply chain partners PHD Scaffolding donated £200 and Travis Perkins another £250. In total, the project also generated over £6,300 in social value.
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director for Wates Residential, said:
“After seeing how excited the children were about work on the Shuttleworth Road site, we invited them to get involved.
Wates Residential believes that everyone deserves a great place to live and is committed to delivering more than just homes in Wandsworth. Hopefully our work with Fledglings Kindergarten will help to inspire the next generation to consider a career in construction!”
Mrs Sandra Prendergast, Manager from Fledglings Kindergarten, commented:
“The children were so excited to draw pictures of the site and have them displayed on the hoarding, especially as some of their parents work within the construction industry. After the unveiling they spoke about it all day and were so delighted with the hard hats and vests that you [Wates Residential] donated too. Thank you!”