Onsite lesson in sustainability for construction students at South Essex College
Following a health and safety induction students were taken out onto site, where Redrow is delivering up to 725 new homes, to see how sustainability features and considerate construction is being incorporated into the build. Area Construction Manager Terry Armstrong spoke to the pupils about the waste management plan in place on site, which prioritises the recycling of building waste.
Zarik Morris-Mears, Student at South Essex College, commented: “It was good to see a project from start to finish. On the day we were able to see the construction of a house from the foundations, superstructure construction to the finished show home. By visiting the site I was able to get a better understanding of how much work goes into an environmental impact assessment for a project of this scale. It opened my eyes to the fact you have to consider all wildlife including butterflies and newts, as well as the long term impact a project like this can have.”
Environmental considerations have been at the forefront of planning at Westley Green with Redrow working closely with ecologists to create areas of habitat compensation. The housebuilder is also delivering a number of initiatives across the site with 50% of the homes being fitted with bat bricks under the eaves of the properties for bats to roost in, bee boxes are being installed across the development and bird nesting boxes will be affixed to half the properties too.
Alex Starke, Managing Director at Redrow Eastern, comments: “It is essential that young people studying construction understand the importance of the environment in the planning and designing of new developments. At Redrow we pride ourselves on the priority we place on delivering sustainable new communities, and we are currently seeking to achieve biodiversity net gain at our developments. At Westley Green there were a number of different wildlife species and careful consideration was given to ensuring that they were protected during and after construction. We have a long standing partnership with South Essex College, which is so important when the industry is facing a skills shortage. It has been fantastic spending the day with the next generation of construction industry professionals who are all enthusiastic about the sector and their future within it.”
Bharat Hirani, Head of Engineering and Construction at South Essex College, comments: “The opportunity for the students to spend the morning with Redrow employees on site at Westley Green is fantastic as it offers them exposure to the industry that you cannot gain in the classroom. Interacting with people that are doing the careers they aspire to have is really inspiring and helps renew their commitment to their studies.”
South Essex College is a large FE and HE College with three campuses in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock. It offers a wide variety of qualifications from vocational diplomas and A-Levels to degrees
Four and five bedroom family homes are currently available at Westley Green, with prices starting from £475,995. For further information visit: www.redrow.co.uk/Westley or call 01268 977282.