Countryside welcomes students from Handsworth Primary School at Feature 17, to learn about construction


Recently, we had the chance to welcome a group of Year 6 students from Handsworth Primary School in Waltham Forest to our Feature 17 development, to learn about the construction industry.

Handsworth Primary School in Waltham Forest is a thriving learning community that works on developing each student’s skills and talents in a variety of ways. The school is committed to providing students with excellent opportunities, celebrating the unique gifts of each child, so they are confident, curious and ambitious.

The four students that visited Feature 17 - our new development on Wood Street in Walthamstow, London - along with two of their teachers, were eager to learn about construction and gain some practical experience.

We welcomed the would-be housebuilders with a brief introduction to Feature 17 from Project Manager, Juan Velez. This was followed by some questions from the students about what it is like to have a career in construction. The group was keen to know how a wall is made, how to become a crane driver, how long it takes to become a roofer, and how we plan a long construction project. We were happy to answer their questions and explain the construction work done day to day at Feature 17, as well as our other developments.

Having talked through the ins and outs of construction, we took the students on a tour of the Feature 17 site, having first explained the importance of health and safety. During the tour, our future stars got to see construction in action: from crane operation and window installation to brickworks, first-fix fitting and scaffolding, the students were able to see most aspects of construction work.

At Countryside, we know we have to look to future generations to ensure we continue to build places people love, so we are always happy to teach young people about housebuilding and construction. The students had already expressed an interest in entering the sector; after visiting Feature 17, we hope they are inspired to set their sights on working in what we know to be an exciting and fulfilling industry.