Rose Hill Pupils Learn About the Dangers of Playing on a Construction Site

Forty-five Year 4 pupils from Rose Hill Primary School have been learning about the dangers of a building site this week after being invited by regional construction company, Beard, for a tour of the new Rose Hill Community Centre currently under construction in Ashurst Way, Oxford.

The safety initiative was organised over six days by Beard site manager Peter Joyce, who talked to small groups of youngsters about the hazards of playing on and around a construction site. The children were also given a tour of the new community centre where they were able to learn more about how a building is constructed and some of the roles of the trades people involved in the construction process.

“We want youngsters to stay safe around our projects so it’s an absolute priority for us that we work together with local schools, councils and communities to make sure that children understand the dangers of entering and playing on a construction site and the message is reinforced,” said Peter Joyce, Beard Site Manager. “Rose Hill Primary School is situated next door to the Community Centre development site so we were keen to get as many pupils to attend the safety tours as possible. The children were interested and attentive and it was an absolute pleasure having them on site with us.”

Beard, which has offices in Cumnor Hill, is working in partnership with Oxford City Council and the community to deliver the £4 million Rose Hill Community Centre which will house the Rose Hill Social Club, Rose Hill Community Association, Rose Hill and Donnington Advice Centre, Thames Valley Police, a new youth club, a new medical facility and the Scouts. The new hub will also provide a community gym and new sports changing rooms.  The project is due for completion at the end of this year.

Rose Hill Primary School is following-up the event with a site safety poster competition for the Year 4 pupils. The posters will then be displayed by Beard on the hoardings around the Community Centre development site.

Charmaine Swift the Community Liaison Manager at Rose Hill School said: “The new community centre will improve the sports and other facilities available to the public and provide a place for events to be held and for people to meet. It’s great that the children have been able to visit and learn about all the safety aspects required when entering a large building site. Beard site manager Peter Joyce, has been very generous with his time and the children have enjoyed seeing the big machinery and the building materials up close. They are looking forward to making use of this wonderful new centre which will offer so many new opportunities.”

Councillor Christine Simm, Oxford City Council’s Board Member for Communities, said:”We are delighted that work is underway to provide a wonderful new community centre for Rose Hill.  Site safety is an extremely important issue and these tours are a great way to help local children learn about the project.We want to encourage the local community to be involved in all stages of the project as it progresses.”

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