22nd May 2019 | Sharon Wootton
Pupils from Bathwick St. Mary Church School in Bath donned hard hats and high visibility jackets as they became the site’s youngest apprentice builders at Holburne Park today.
The year one pupils have been learning about building as part of a recent school project and visited Holburne Park, which is next door to the school, to learn more about how real buildings take shape and how a construction site works. Pupils were given a guided tour by BECT operations manager Jonathon Matthews and met some of the people working on site, including building safety mascot ‘Ivor Newsite’ (pictured).
The children were also invited to take part in a poster competition. The winning design will be displayed on site hoardings and health and safety boards at Holburne Park. BECT representatives will return to the school next term to present the winners with their final poster and prizes of book tokens.
Francis Firmstone, director of Hardrock Developments, the developers behind the scheme, said: “It is wonderful to see the children’s curiosity and enthusiasm. Showing them around the site at Holburne Park it is clear they really enjoy learning about architecture and construction and being able to see these carefully crafted buildings taking shape.”
Sarah Lozynskyj, year one class teacher at Bathwick St. Mary Church School said:
“The Children have had such a fantastic time visiting Holburne Park. They were so engaged seeing the building in process, meeting real construction workers and getting all of their questions answered. It has really bought our ‘Who built that?’ topic to life.”
Holburne Park is the much anticipated development of 200 classically-styled new homes taking shape in a hillside location off Warminster Road with far reaching views over the Charlcombe valley. Designed by the leading architect Robert Adam, who designed the Duchy of Cornwall’s acclaimed Poundbury in Dorset, the development will offer a range of two to five-bedroom homes creating a new community for Bath.
The children were also presented with signed brochures for Holburne Park.
Vicky Dudbridge, director at Savills added:
“The children visited the site at a really exciting time; now in its second phase Holburne Park is continuing to take shape and is a hive of activity. We’re delighted to have welcomed our youngest neighbours and hopefully inspired some of Bath’s budding builders, architects and project managers of the future.”
With lots of the first homes in phase one now occupied, the ground works, new roads, foundations and wall construction for phase two are all well underway. BECT Building Contractors, who were recently appointed as the lead construction contractor for phase two, are now in full swing constructing the new homes.
The facades on the new homes are made of locally sourced Bath stone and natural materials with bespoke detailing, ensuring the homes blend in with the classical architecture of the city. It will be a new community-focused neighbourhood for Bath, drawing on the history of the city to create homes that are modern classics.
Brand new house styles are on the market within phase two and potential homeowners can book an appointment to visit the development and view the four-bedroom show home to see what life could be like at Holburne Park.