Children from a County Durham school put on their wellies and high visibility jackets this week to learn first-hand how to build a house and what is involved in the construction process.
The year one class at Chilton Academy, alongside their teacher, were invited by Newton Aycliffe based housebuilder Homes by Carlton to visit its new luxury housing development at Chilton.
During their visit to Cathedral Gates, the children were given a behind the scenes tour of how houses are built, meeting bricklayers and other tradespeople that help to construct homes at the development.
Michael Marram, senior site manager at Homes by Carlton, said: “It was great to show the children the dynamics of a building site and the various roles and responsibilities involved in construction and house building.
“They were shown the diverse skill set of tradespeople who work within and across a housing development and the huge amount of work involved and activity taking place.
“The group were engaged and enthusiastic throughout the visit and I hope they left feeling inspired to get into the construction sector when thinking about what career path to go down.”
The children also got to see Homes by Carlton’s innovative modular house type – ‘CoreHaus’ – which is a new-style design that significantly reduces construction time, build costs and has less impact on the environment than more traditional homes.
They offer the flexible combination of being part modular, with a standard, engineered core, that can then be configured to different sizes.
Mrs Dunn, a class teacher at Chilton Academy, said: “It was wonderful to be invited by Michael and Homes by Carlton to receive a tour of the latest housing development they’re working on and see new ways that homes are built.
“The children were suitably impressed with what they saw and took great interest in what Michael had to say about a career in construction and the wide range of jobs available.
“Once back at school, we enjoyed a very interactive session where we spent time drawing pictures of our own homes and looked at what was involved in building the homes we lived in.
“We’d like to express our thanks to Michael and the team at Homes by Carlton for ensuring our visit was successful; the children thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.”
Cathedral Gates is eight miles from the cathedral city of Durham and features 3-and 4-bedroom homes.