Schoolchildren put on their hard hats to go on site and find out how homes are built at Franklin Court in Borehamwood.
Signia employees, along with the Considerate Constructors Scheme mascot Ivor Goodsite, have been welcoming groups from St Teresa’s Catholic School who have crossed the road to the Franklin Court development to learn about the homes of tomorrow.
Four groups of reception and nursery children visited the Brook Street site over a two-day period to have a look at the work which is taking place. Signia is currently building 150 one, two and three-bedroom luxury penthouses and apartments which are expected to be finished in 2017.
“ Young children love to see construction plant and equipment in operation and a lot of these children will be going past Franklin Court on a daily basis so will see these apartments growing over the coming months,” explained Franklin Court Commercial Manager, Dhiraj Dabasia.
“We gave them a bricklaying demonstration so they could see how their houses are built, and also brought an excavator and a tipper truck nearby so they could see them working.”
Ivor Goodsite helped the children to put on the correct safety clothes for their site visit including ear defenders, hard hats and high-visibility jackets. They were then taken to a specially-created hard-standing area on the edge of the building site to watch the men and machines at work.
After being out on site the little visitors were given some refreshments and did some handprinting to be used to decorate hoarding at Franklin Court in the coming months.
Before walking back to school they had their picture taken with Ivor Goodsite and received a goodie bag to take away.
Reception teacher Jacquie Tucker said: “The planning and organisation of the visit was meticulous and the children were made to feel really special. They loved dressing up in their safety gear and were totally mesmerised by the machinery.
“They really enjoyed the building demonstration and the highlight of the trip for many was when the digger dug a hole just for them. All of this would have been enough excitement for my class of 4 and 5 year olds but there was more to come – the culmination of the visit with the presentation of goodie bags from Ivor Goodsite was a very nice touch.
“The children will remember this visit every time they are in the class outdoor area and can see the Franklin Court development.”