Students from local school put their design skills to the test


30 pupils from St. Robert Southwell Catholic Primary School visit Hendon Waterside and were set a challenge to put their creative minds to the test.

The task set by the Barratt London site team, led by Site Project Manager Nathan Smith, was to come up with the best ways to use a re-development site to compete for ‘planning permission’. They were asked to take the local area and environmental issues into consideration.

Members of the site team and school staff make up a ‘planning committee’ to provide feedback to the children, all from Year 5, who came up with some impressive answers.

The children were also given a site tour and taken to the new Community Hub. The Community Hub is a new public meeting facility open to all West Hendon residents to use for activities, services and community meetings, where they participated in a design workshop.

The organiser behind the day’s events was Enabling Enterprise – a not-for-profit partnership of 260 schools and 120 employers working to develop students’ skills, experiences of the world of work and aspirations.

Assistant Head at St. Robery, Shelley Bleau said, “We saw a new side to some of our students as they took on this purposeful and exciting challenge. Being able to see a development in progress so close to their homes and community was very interesting for them.”

The site team at Hendon Waterside were very impressed with the young students’ creativity and hard work. Smith said, “We hope that this visit will inspire those who may have future ambitions to work in one of the many different roles offered in the construction industry.”