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Housing partnership helps children learn about housebuilding

Leading regeneration specialist Compendium Living has visited the primary school near the Castleward development in Derby city centre.
Year two pupils of Castleward Spencer Academy having a go at building

Year two pupils of Castleward Spencer Academy recently enjoyed a workshop and educational talk from Wendy Lister, Project Manager at Compendium Living, which formed part of the school’s design and technology curriculum.

During the session, Wendy showed the children examples of building materials that are used on site, from brick and wood, to flooring and pieces of kitchen worktop, and explained how these are used.

The pupils were then able to have a go at building, using foam bricks provided by Compendium Living’s construction partner Lovell and fake cement made of flour, water and paint, and had the opportunity to try on hi-vis vests and hard hats.

Charlotte Cashmore, Teacher at Castleward Spencer Academy, said: “We really did appreciate Compendium Living coming and working with the children. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

Wendy Lister said: “As many of the pupils at Castleward Spencer Academy live on our Castleward development, it was wonderful to be able to teach them something about how their homes were built. We hope the children thoroughly enjoyed becoming construction workers for the day, as they all built brilliant structures.

“At Compendium Living, a core part of what we do is supporting the communities that we operate in. We’re looking forward to continuing to support Castleward Spencer Academy and the wider Derby community as Castleward progresses.”

Beth Bundonis, regional managing director at Lovell Partnerships, said: “One of the best things about working on new homes throughout the region is the various ways in which we can get truly involved with local communities – and the community around Castleward in Derby is no different.

“Castleward Spencer Academy is a perfect example, where together with Compendium we have been able to give local children the opportunity to understand how new homes are built in a fun and hands-on way that hopefully inspires them to be the housebuilders of tomorrow.”

Located between Derbion shopping centre and Derby Midland Station, Castleward is a £100mn regeneration scheme and one of the city’s largest housing projects. In total, 800 new homes are being provided, alongside green open space and 35,000 square feet of commercial retail space.

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