Gleeson Homes invites Hawthorn Tree Primary School to visit its Saxon Grange development

Housebuilder Gleeson Homes recently invited year one pupils from Hawthorn Tree Primary School to visit its Saxon Grange development in Boston to see the new development being constructed close to their school.  

The year one pupils were escorted by their class teachers to the development, where they donned their own hi vis’ jackets and hard hats before hearing a health and safety talk by Paula Clark, Health and Safety Manager about the dangers of playing on building sites, the importance of wearing the correct PPE. The children were also shown how to signal plant that’s moving around the construction site safely which was demonstrated by the on-site Forklift Truck Driver.

Following this, Gleeson’s Site Manager, Gary Davies and Bricklayer Carl Gibbs helped the children have a go at building their own walls with lightweight bricks and trowels.  

Gleeson were delighted to welcome the teachers and children from Hawthorn Tree Primary School to site. As part of Gleeson’s Community Matters programme we are keen to ensure that we play a part in the communities  which we build by collaborating with local schools, teams and charities to support good causes and provide moments of joy like this one.

After a fun-filled session, the children headed back to school where they all took part in writing Gleeson letters with drawings to say thank you for the visit.

Sarah Herring, Head Teacher at Hawthorn Tree Primary School said: “The children really enjoyed visiting the construction site, even getting to wear the bright jackets and safety hats was exciting! Their favourite parts were watching the digger  and having a little go at bricklaying. Some of the children have decided they now want to be a digger driver or a brick layer when they grow up. We had a great time, added to which, it’s great to build links in the local community.”

Allen Marshall, Regional Managing Director at Gleeson said: “The children loved seeing the building site in action, learning about the importance of safety and trying out being builders for themselves. I think we certainly found several tradesmen and women of the future! Gleeson understands the importance of involving the community before and during the construction of developments, leaving a legacy once the work is complete.”

Saxon Grange, Boston will consist of 85 two, three and four bedroom homes perfectly placed close to plenty of amenities, with prices starting from just £155,995 for a two bedroom home. Positioned less than a 10 minute drive from Boston town centre, Saxon Grange is close to the A52 and A16, and the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, The Fens and the Lincolnshire coastline are all within a 30 minutes’ drive, ideal for scenic country walks or days out at the beach. 

Gleeson is seeking local labour and sub-contractors, including applications from local young people who are interested in joining the Gleeson apprenticeship scheme.