Countryside team helps Stanley Grove pupils stay safe
School children learn how to stay safe around building sites thanks to the developer that has also donated materials to help with social distancing in school
Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer specialising in placemaking and regeneration, has given children in Wakefield an important lesson in construction site hazards and also donated equipment for social distancing, in line with its community safety initiative.
Countryside’s Health and Safety team paid a visit to local school, Stanley Grove Primary School, before lockdown began to teach the children how to stay safe when playing near, or walking by a construction site. The health and safety lesson came as work accelerated on Countryside’s City Fields site, the major residential-led development off Aberford Road.
During the assembly back in March, the pupils were given an interactive presentation demonstrating the potential hazards that can happen on and around construction sites. They were also shown how the construction workers protect themselves at work from potential hazards, with a demonstration involving props and Countryside’s own protective wear. The pupils were later given an opportunity to try on a protective hard-hat and high-vis jacket.
Now, as Stanley Grove and City Fields reopen safely following lockdown measures being eased, Countryside has helped to ensure its neighbours at Stanley Grove can implement social distancing within the school, by providing over 30m of safety barriers for a one-way walkway system. The donation will make it easier for pupils to maintain the government recommended 2m distance during the school day.
Christopher Penn, Regional Operations Director, Partnerships Yorkshire, Countryside, commented: “Health and safety assemblies are one of the most valuable activities that we undertake at Countryside to help ensure the safety of the local communities surrounding our sites. In anticipation of children spending more time outdoors during the summer and walking by the site, we’re glad we were able to ensure that the pupils are armed with the knowledge of how to stay safe around a building site and why it’s important.
“We also want to thank the fantastic staff and pupils at Stanley Grove for being so engaged in the presentation and are happy to be playing our part in making their school safer with the donation of the safety barriers.”
Mrs Frost, Headteacher at Stanley Grove Primary School, commented: "We really appreciate Countryside coming into school to talk to our children as they are building in the local area, to reinforce the message of keeping safe around building sites. The children really enjoyed the assemblies, which were age appropriate and the messages given were clear. The children were able to talk about what they had heard and understood about the assembly, when they returned to their classes.
“We are also really grateful for the donation and installation of our new safety barriers, which have really helped towards making our school site safer and easier for parents and children to use. It is great to see communities and companies pulling together to help each other during these times.”
With the first completions expected in Autumn, City Fields will eventually feature 115 new three and four bedroom homes built for private sale, all available through the Government-backed Help To Buy scheme – as well as a further 49 properties made available for affordable housing at Nellie Spindler Way.
Prices at City Fields start from as little as £249,995 for a three-bedroom semi detached home. For more information visit www.countrysidecityfields.co.uk or call 01924 911591.