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Stocksbridge High School students visit housing scheme

A group of high school students recently visited a construction site to see the first apartments to be built in Sheffield as part of an £800m investment programme for new properties to rent across England.

Year nine and ten students from Stocksbridge High School made the short trip to site to see the development of 24 apartments on land off Park Grange Road in Norfolk Park, which is being built in partnership with Sheffield Housing Company (SHC), regeneration specialist Keepmoat and Sigma Capital Group.

The event was hosted by Keepmoat, with Project Manager Gerry Doherty giving the students a tour around the perimeter of the site with an opportunity to ask any questions about the development and careers in construction.

Gerry said: “At Keepmoat, we believe it is important to encourage students to visit our developments, to find out what it’s like to work on a construction site and to ask any questions they might have about the work taking place.

“The students visited the site through the Cutler's Construction Ambassador Programme, which seeks to develop young people’s job-ready skills, character and industry knowledge required for the world of work.

“It was a pleasure to welcome the students from Stocksbridge High School and meet the next generation of construction talent.”

Fiona Finch, Stocksbridge High School Teacher, said: “It was really valuable for the students to see how construction works in the real world. Getting students out of the classroom and working with employers allows students to link their current learning to future aspirations.”

Once completed, the lettings and property management of the two bedroom apartments will be undertaken by Sigma under their growing private rental brand ‘Simple Life’ - which allows tenants to enjoy flexibility and the freedom of purpose-built rental properties, expertly managed for total peace of mind. The 2.7million development is due to complete at the end of September 2017.

The Sheffield project is part of a wider investment to deliver a target of 5,000 high quality new homes for private rental across the country by 2021.

Since 2013, Sheffield Housing Company - a unique partnership between Sheffield City Council, Keepmoat and Great Places Housing Group – has completed 325 of the 2,300 high quality homes in plans to construct on 19 sites across the city.