Schoolchildren given building lesson on visit to Barking Riverside development

Bellway London Partnerships welcomed pupils from nearby Southwood Primary School in Dagenham to its Fielders Quarter development to give them an insight into how the regenerations project in Barking Riverside operates.

The pupils visited the site offices at the development, where they were given a presentation by Bellway’s civil engineers about the construction process, the importance of health and safety, and career opportunities in the industry.

They also took part in an exercise to build basic structure models with straws and were then taken onto a rooftop viewing platform from where they were able to see the work being carried out at Fielders Quarter, where Bellway is building 371 apartments and townhouses.

The development is part of the wider Barking Riverside scheme which is transforming the former Barking Power Station site in East London, delivering 10,800 new homes to the area.

Tony Whitbread, Head of Technical at Bellway London Partnerships, said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome these excited and interested youngsters to Fielders Quarter and to be able to give them an insight into the work that is taking place at this landmark scheme.

“We pride ourselves on being part of the community and this day was a chance to explain what we do to a class of local schoolchildren, some of whom may one day live in a home in this rapidly growing neighbourhood.

“It was also an opportunity to teach the pupils the basics of construction and the importance of health and safety on site, as well as opening their eyes to potential future careers in housebuilding. The children were incredibly receptive, and we’d like to think we might just have inspired some of them to join us when they leave school or university.”

Miss Sultana, from Southwood Primary School, said: “This was a great opportunity for children at Southwood Primary to see what engineering is all about. Children enjoyed getting involved in the workshop and learnt a lot about construction.”

A selection of one and two-bedroom apartments are currently available at Fielders Quarter, with prices starting from £258,655.

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