A Lesson In House Building For Waterlooville School Children

Date: Friday 18 December 2009

House building was on the curriculum at Denmead Junior School recently, when Taylor Wimpey paid a visit to talk about its popular Dukes Meadow development.

In front of a captivated audience of 10 and 11 years olds, Andy Judd, production manager at Taylor Wimpey, spoke about the history of the site on which the development is built and how Dukes Meadow got its name. He also explained the dangers of playing near construction sites, inviting a pupil to model a high visibility jacket, hard hat and ear defenders.

Stephen Mullard, teacher at Denmead Junior School, said: “We were delighted to welcome Andy to our school to talk about Dukes Meadow. His presentation was an excellent conclusion to a project on the changing face of Waterlooville which the children have spent the last few months working on.

“We are keen to continue our partnership with Taylor Wimpey  as we follow the progression of Dukes Meadow. As you can imagine, learning about the development is very interesting for the pupils as they are growing up alongside it. We are very much looking forward to planning in more activity with Taylor Wimpey next year.”

Andy Judd adds: “Taylor Wimpey is committed to supporting the local communities in which it builds and we always try to partner with a local school for projects of this nature.”

Dukes Meadow is situated on the site of Old Park Farm, south of Hambledon Road in Waterlooville. When complete it will consist of 450 Eco Homes (homes which include a range of eco-friendly features such as energy and water conservation measures, solar power and sustainable building materials) and 24 live/work units (homes which can also be used as a business premise). There are also plans for playing fields, footpaths and cycleways as well as areas of nature conservation for residents to enjoy.