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Builders go back to school
Roger Fitton and Leo Frechou from Russells Construction with Leftwich Primary School pupils Leah Stockall, 10, Ebony Winnington, eight, Wesley Lewis, nine and Jacob Tran, seven.
YOUNGSTERS at a Northwich school swapped maths and English for a lesson in regeneration this month when they were paid a visit by the contractors behind Hayhurst Quay.
Pupils at Leftwich Primary School have been watching the redevelopment at the nearby marina and the construction of the highly-anticipated Waitrose store, and invited some of the builders from Manchester-based Russells Construction into school to tell them all about it.
Roger Fitton, group health and safety manager for Russells, gave the children a talk about the work to change an unused piece of land into a vibrant new space.
He also took the opportunity to spread the all important health and safety message, warning the children about the dangers of building sites.
Helen Scott, key stage two coordinator at Leftwich Primary, organised the visit as part of a project looking at changes in land use over time.
She said: “This project is happening right on our doorstep and it is something most people in the area are aware of, so we were keen to discuss it with the children.
“As a school we like to get involved with our local community, and in particular to help the children have an understanding of the many changes happening in their town.
“We’re so pleased that Roger was able to give the children a first-hand account of what the project involves and they were really interested to see how it is going to look by the end.
“In fact we’re all excited about that.”
Roger Fitton added: “It’s great to see they’re looking forward to the new store opening and exploring the area once it’s completed.
“It was also important to stress that building sites are dangerous places and only people wearing the right equipment are allowed in.
“We took the chance to show the children the protective equipment we wear on site, and dress some of them up like Bob the Builder in hard hats and high visibility jackets, which I think they all enjoyed.”
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