Runcorn housing development opens its doors to the public

Students from Penkhurst School; Nicky Harris, development manager from Halton Housing; Seddon site managers, Michael Hyland (top) and Peter Wilde (bottom left); Seddon SHE Advisor, Pete Elworthy (bottom right)Local schoolchildren have been given a unique, behind-the-scenes tour of a £9.7m housing development in Runcorn as part of the Open Doors campaign, which aims to promote careers in the construction industry.

Builder and developer Seddon is currently delivering the 95-home scheme in partnership with Cheshire-based social landlord Halton Housing Trust. 

The Open Doors event, run by Build UK in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), with support from the Considerate Constructors Scheme and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme, showcased the various career paths available in construction and the broad spectrum of skills needed.

More than 30 pupils from Penkford School and The Mosslands School joined representatives from the National Careers Service for the tour of the site.

Visitors were able to see the progress being made on the housing development, which will deliver 24 one-bed apartments alongside 45 two bedroom and 14 three bedroom houses for social rent, with a further 12 three-bed houses for market sale.

The scheme, which is being built on the former infant, junior and nursery school on Latham Avenue, is set for completion in December 2017.

Duncan Williams, regional director at Seddon, said: “Open Doors is just one way the industry is helping people to get real experience of what it’s like to work in construction.

“Seddon has long been dedicated to creating routes for young people into the sector and delivering high quality training. It was encouraging to see so many school children on site at Latham Avenue, learning about their career options for the future.”

Nicky Harris, development manager at Halton Housing Trust, said: “Open Doors offers young people a great opportunity to get an exciting insight in to what is on offer to them in a career in construction. Showing students around our Latham Avenue development gave them a real view into the many elements of working on a new build development, which we hope the children found helpful and informative.”

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