23/11/09 - Youngsters check on site progress

Pupils from Sandwell’s Brandhall Primary School have been given the chance to look at the construction phases of Brandhall’s new Extra Care Scheme this week. Representatives from Thomas Vale Construction, the contractors for the £10.5 million project and teachers from Brandhall Primary School have so far taken 40 students on a site tour.

Councillor Mahboob Hussain, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods & Housing, said: “We are passionate about ensuring that our young students are knowledgeable about what’s happening in their community. They have been getting first hand answers from Thomas Vale Construction.”

The school was invited as part of the partnership with Sandwell Council and Housing 21 to view progress on the £10.5 million extra care housing scheme which will provide a range of accommodation and facilities for older people.

Ian Cox, Partnership & Development Director at Thomas Vale Construction, added: “We are delighted to host such visits. We hope some of our student visitors may consider a future career in the construction industry.”Work on the new development, to be called Queensridge Court, in Queensway, Brandhall, Oldbury, started in the summer and is due for completion in Autumn 2010.

The students were given a supervised VIP trip around the site, and Thomas Vale Construction staff answered the visitors’ many and varied questions. Their visit is supporting an ongoing blogging site, which is up and running and live online.