Sheffield School visits Prince’s Gardens site

November 2018

Sixty school children visited our Prince’s Gardens site last month to see the work that energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE is carrying out on behalf of Simple Life and Sheffield Housing Company (SHC).

Reception students, aged four and five, from Prince Edward Primary School, made the short trip to see the development of 256 homes, located off Fitzhurbert Road in the Manor area of Sheffield. They got the chance to experience a real working construction site, and find out more about how housebuilding works from the team at ENGIE.

Built in two phases, Simple Life is offering 163 properties for private rental, with the remaining managed by SHC for sale. The development is ideally located for city centre access, as well as local amenities. Prince Edwards is just one of a number of good quality primary schools and nurseries within the vicinity, and with the site backing onto a flower-filled park it’s the perfect home for families.

Lee Catterall, Project Manager at Simple Life, commented: “With a heritage in regeneration, supporting the local community is a value held very highly.

“Good local schools is a key factor in our location strategy and we are always looking at ways in which we can support the local community on an on-going basis, so we are really pleased that together with our partner ENGIE, we are able to welcome local schools to our sites.”

ENGIE Contracts Manager Leigh Nurse said: “We believe it is really important to inspire the next generation of construction talent to visit our developments, to understand the dangers of construction sites and to ask any questions they might have about the work taking place.

“We would like to thank the children, parents and teachers for visiting the development, and look forward to building on our relationship with the school in the future, along with the rest of the local community.”

John Clephan, Project Director with SHC, added: “It was great that the schoolchildren came to find out about this significant development in their neighbourhood. Alongside building high quality homes for sale, shared ownership and rent, involving and supporting the communities in which we work is also very important and events like this are a fantastic way of doing this.”

Matt Sieczkarek, Headteacher at Prince Edward Primary School, said: “Our youngest children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and brought learning back into the classroom. Their excitement carried on for days. As a school, we are very grateful for the opportunities to make links and forge relationships with ENGIE.”

Our first houses to rent at Prince’s Gardens are due for completion in early 2019.

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