Children from New Marston Primary School and from Northway Marston Children’s Centre visited GreenSquare's development site in Northway, Oxford this week.
The children have been doing projects on Peasemoor Piece next to the site. The children from the children’s centre have been planting wild flowers and the school pupils have been working on a project about the great crested newts that live there, with the help of wildlife expert, Colin Menendez.
A poster display, sponsored by GreenSquare and showing pictures of the children working on their projects, has gone up on site hoardings. Oxford City Councillors for Headington Hill and Northway, Councillors Roy Darke and Farida Anwar; Councillor Mark Lygo, Board Member for Sports, Parks and Leisure; local PCSOs; and representatives from GreenSquare joined the children who have been working on the projects to watch the display get put up.
Richard Grant, GreenSquare's Community Involvement Officer, helped to organise the display. He said: "Throughout the construction process, we like to involve people in the community where possible and these projects have been a great way to engage with young people in the area. The children have been working enthusiastically on their projects and we thought that making a display on the hoardings was a great way to show others in the area what they've been up to. They were all very proud when they saw the display."
Work is well underway at the site in Northway, where GreenSquare is building a new community centre and 47 new homes in Dora Carr Close and Westlands Drive.
Corrina Johnson, GreenSquare's development project manager, said: "Since work began in January 2015, a lot has been happening at the site. The building work is progressing well on the new community centre, which will include a multi-use sports hall, social club and community space, and the structural frame and concrete floor planks are now in place. We are in the process of constructing the ground floor walls and people might have noticed that the external brickwork has also started.
"Work is also underway on the mansion block apartment building at Dora Carr Close, with the timber frames on both sides of the building currently being erected.
"We are aiming to have the community centre open by Christmas. The new apartments will follow in early 2016 once the old community centre has been vacated and demolished, allowing the new road and parking to be completed."