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Pupils see £8.5m Thorne development taking shape

Doncaster schoolkids recently visited the construction of a new £8.5m Extra Care facility in Thorne.

The Year 6 class from Denaby Main Primary Academy donned their high-vis vests and hard hats for a special tour around the site, located just off St. Nicholas Road. 

Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group, is constructing the 72 apartments on behalf of Housing & Care 21. All properties will be purpose built to a high specification, with 35 homes for affordable rent and 37 affordable shared ownership apartments catering for those aged 55 and over.

During the visit, the ten year olds were given a behind-the-scenes tour from Keepmoat Regeneration Project Manager Gary Williams and were able to watch a digger in action.

Gary said: “By encouraging schoolchildren to visit our sites, we are able to express the importance of health and safety in the construction industry and hopefully inspire some students to become the next generation of construction talent.

“The children were very enthusiastic during the tour and it was lovely to hear some of them wanting to become builders when they’re older. They also had some very interesting questions to ask about the new development, and to finish it all off we let them keep their hard hats, which they were thrilled about!”

Emma Grainger, Housing & Care Manager for Extra Care Operations at Housing & Care 21, said: “Housing & Care 21 was pleased to welcome Doncaster children from Denaby Main Primary Academy to the site of our much needed 72 Extra Care apartments scheme at Thorne, a location of historic interest. The children really enjoyed their day and we are always happy to encourage and inspire builders and contractors of the future.”

Cllr Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing and Equalities, said: “I am delighted work is progressing well and that young people are having the chance to see first-hand how a project like this is delivered. This much needed development will provide affordable accommodation together with care and support for those who will be living there.”

Keepmoat Regeneration is currently working in partnership with Keepmoat Homes and the Titans Community Foundation to offer children at Denaby Main Primary Academy healthy eating advice and sports and fitness coaching.

The development will complete in October 2018.