18 Jul 2019

A lesson on site safety for Oaksey school children

Oaksey school children listening to the site safety session
  • Ivor Goodsite and Oaksey school children
  • (L-R) Stuart Hay, Development Officer; Tim Bircher, Technical Project Manager; Corrina Johnson, Development Manager; Sue Matthews, Community Involvement Officer; and Denise Bray, Associate Headteacher

Primary school children in the village of Oaksey, near Malmesbury, enjoyed an assembly with a difference this week (17 July) as they learnt all about how to be safe near building sites.

The site safety session was delivered by GreenSquare, who are carrying out a regeneration project in the village at Bendy Bow. The project will see the see 12 older properties demolished to make way for 24 new, affordable homes.

The children learnt all about the potential dangers of building sites, the different construction activities to be aware of and how to stay safe.

Denise Bray, associate headteacher at Oaksey C of E Primary School (pictured) said: “Big machines like diggers fascinate young children so it is really important to make them aware of potential dangers and staying safe. A number of children will be living at or close to the new development site, so I think it is good that GreenSquare have come to do this session. Prevention is better than cure.”

The talk was given as part of the Considerate Constructors scheme, and mascot Ivor Goodsite was there to meet the children and provide goody bags. The school children will also be taking part in a safety poster competition over the summer holidays with the winning posters displayed on hoardings at the development site.

Corrina Johnson, development manager at GreenSquare (pictured), said: “Our community involvement team have delivered these sessions for children at some of our other development sites and they are always well received. They get the chance to have some fun, but also learn important information about site safety and ask any questions.”

The new homes at Bendy Bow will be available for a mixture of shared ownership and rent and the first stage of building work is expected to begin early autumn.

Corrina continues: “We are looking forward to starting on site at the Bendy Bow development; the new homes are going to make a real difference for residents and the wider community."