Children’s art explores site safety at County Durham housing scheme

A group of school children in Seaham, County Durham, have been honing their artistic skills while learning about construction and their local environment.

The Seaham Trinity Primary School pupils took part in a design competition for posters to adorn the hoardings around the town’s Byron Mews development, where they will help people to understand how to stay safe when around building sites.

The children have been working with representatives from Durham Villages Regeneration Company (DVRC), which is building 116 two-, three- and four-bedroomed homes on the site.

The winning poster was created by Layla Littlemore, aged 10, who along with her classmates was a special guest at the opening of the development’s show home, where the winner was announced.

“We have been working with the schoolchildren, talking about site safety, what goes in to building a house and helping with their investigations into how the areas around where they live are changing – to which our Byron Mews development contributes significantly,” said Councillor Carl Marshall, chair of the DVRC, which is a joint venture between Durham City Council and development Keepmoat Homes.

Ian Prescott, Keepmoat Homes’ land and partnerships director, said: “We’re delighted that the children from Seaham Trinity Primary School were able to launch these show homes. Their creativity was clearly on display during the poster challenge and the standard was very high, so a special congratulations must go to Layla.

“Our partnership approach through this joint venture with Durham County Council has enabled us transform council owned land into the much needed new homes and also engage school children with the construction industry and the importance of site safety.”

Glenda Cowgill, a teacher at the school, added: “The children here have thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the project and had great fun designing and creating their safety posters.  They are excited at the prospect of our designs being used on the building site here in the town.”

Byron Mews part of a £16 million initiative is being delivered by DVRC. Since it was formed in 2001, the joint venture has invested more than £150 million, creating over 1,300 homes – around a quarter of which are for shared ownership or “affordable” rent.


Main image above: Layla Littlemore, 10, receives her poster design prize from Councillor Carl Marshall

Art of Safety at Byron Mews
At the show home opening are (left/right back): John Gallagher, operations director Keepmoat Homes; Councillor Kevin Shaw, Dawdon member and portfolio holder for strategic housing and assets; Councillor Leanne Kennedy, also a Dawdon member; Councillor Carl Marshall and Ian Prescott. (Left/right front): Jacob Penprase, Sam Mossman, Leonie Dixon, Layla Littlemore, Charlie Moon, Megan Cook and Anatasia Drai.



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