Students from Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre have taken time out of the classroom to visit national developer, Wates Residential, on the site of London Borough of Camden Council’s major Abbey Area Regeneration project.
Taking the opportunity for exclusive hands-on experience on a live building site, the students visited Wates at the Abbey Area regeneration development at Abbey Road and Belsize Road in Kilburn, where the council is investing in service improvements and new housing.
Wates is currently undertaking the groundwork and gave students demonstrations on the technicalities of building foundations, basements and drainage as well as sharing the importance of health and safety on site.
The visit follows Wates Residential’s recent appointment to deliver the £52.8m regeneration scheme. Once complete, the flagship development will include 75 homes for private sale, 66 homes for affordable rent, ten wheelchair adapted units, retail and commercial space and a 52-space underground car park.
Paul Nicholls, Regional Managing Director of Wates Residential, said:
Every member of the Wates Residential team can say from personal experience that visiting a live construction site is the most beneficial way to bring your studies to life and we are very keen to share our expertise with local young people and help kick-start their future careers.
“The students who visited our site are a credit to Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre and have shown a huge appetite to understand the inner workings of a project of this scale. I hope that this is the first of many site visits as we progress our work at this fantastic new development.”
Student, Student Emma, said:
I would highly recommend that anyone working or starting a career in construction visit a working site. Today was really informative and Wates were really accommodating and gave me lots of useful information to support me in my career progression.”
Wates’ commitment to create training opportunities for local people will also include the business’ two-week ‘Building Futures’ programme, designed to give jobseekers an opportunity to learn a variety of practical construction skills.