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Muddy boots visit 

Adrian Danks

A group of lucky pupils from St Mary's Bentworth C of E Primary School, visited the site of McCarthy Stone’s forthcoming Retirement Living development, Queen Elizabeth Place in Alton this week, for a lesson on all things site safety as the inquisitive youngsters learnt what is being created so close to their school. 

The children, aged between four and six, were invited along to Queen Elizabeth Place by McCarthy Stone Site Manager, Adrian Danks, for a ‘muddy boots’ visit where the children could ask all their burning questions about the building process. 

McCarthy Stone welcomed the children of St Mary's Bentworth C of E Primary School to watch the activities taking place on site from the safety of the viewing platform. The children, who were eager to find out what was being built so close to their school, also took part in a Q&A session with Site Manager Adrian, where they asked plenty of intuitive questions about the role of working on a construction site. Pupils also learnt more about the site team’s role, the importance of site safety rules and what hazards to watch out for on-site.

Adrian, Site Manager for Queen Elizabeth Place, said: “When we chose to build in Alton, we knew we wanted to establish strong relationships with the local schools and businesses in the area. It was wonderful to host the children of St Mary's Bentworth C of E Primary School and to teach them all about our roles on site, and how important it is to follow the safety precautions when on site. 

“The children asked plenty of fascinating questions and were mesmerised by getting to see the crane in action. We hope to invite the school back for a tour once Queen Elizabeth Place is complete and we look forward to acquainting them with some of our newest homeowners.”

Charlotte Baker, Deputy Headteacher at St Mary's Bentworth C of E Primary School, added: “The children were thrilled to pay a visit to the upcoming McCarthy Stone development that is being built nearby. In fact, many of the children had already asked questions about the Queen Elizabeth Place development as many pass the site on their journey to and from school each day, so it was amazing for them to learn all about the development. I am sure they’ll keep a keen eye on the development as construction continues. 

“Our ‘muddy boots’ visit was very insightful, and the children learnt important lessons about the construction industry, safety and how McCarthy Stone is enhancing the lives of older people. We would like to thank Adrian for taking the time to show us around and answer all our questions.”