Children from St Andrew’s Primary School in Newport swapped their classrooms for the construction site recently at the invitation of local partnership homes developer Lovell.
The Lovell team gave 105 pupils a guided tour of the award-winning Loftus Garden Village development, under construction close by the Milner Street school.
The 250-home scheme – named best New Development in the latest Welsh Housing Awards – is being delivered by a partnership of homes provider Pobl Group, Lovell and Newport City Council.
Pupils enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at the development, which is due to be completed in August 2018.
Elizabeth Charles, Assistant Head Teacher at St Andrew’s Primary, said: “We are very grateful to the Lovell team at Loftus Garden Village for facilitating the visit which linked well with the Year 2 topic ‘Cracking Construction’.”
Lovell Community Coordinator Bernadette Vickery added: “Involving and engaging the local community has been central to the Loftus Garden Village project, particularly with the site having played such a significant role in the history of Newport. This is the latest in a number of projects we’ve undertaken with St Andrew’s Primary. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to show the pupils round and talk to them about the new homes, how they are being built and why it’s an important scheme. The visit also allowed us to talk to the children about staying safe near construction activity and underline the message that children and young people should never go unsupervised on to a construction development.”
Photo: Pupils from St Andrew’s Primary School in Newport were given a tour of the award-winning Loftus Garden Village development. Pictured, left to right, are: Lovell site manager Luke Morgan with pupils Amelia Jenkins, Lana-Rose Heard, Cayden Perrett, Ethan Burgoyne-Hyden, Charlie Stedman, Tiara Powell and Lovell community coordinator Bernadette Vickery.