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Constructing a future for local students

Holburne Park has opened the gates to its construction site to students from Keynsham’s IKB Academy following their recent partnership with the engineering consultancy Campbell Reith, which is working on the development.

This comes as part of the construction industry’s Adopt a School programme which has been designed to give talented young people the chance to discover all the options available for a career in construction.

The students were given a tour of Holburne Park to see various stages of the construction process, visit the marketing suite and speak to the contractors to get first hand experiences and opinions.

“It’s really important we help young people understand the career options available to them when they’re at this age. We’re more than happy to let them come and have a look at the Holburne Park construction site as it gives them a real sense of how the industry works in real life” explains developer, Francis Firmstone.

The students, who are pursuing academic A-level and GCSE courses as well as undertaking regular work experience with employers linked to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects were fired with enthusiasm.

 “It was great to see the houses that were almost finished and try to imagine how they’ll look when all the furnishings are in as I’d like to be an interior designer” explained student Saule Bausyte.

Another student, Riana Cano, added “There were so many interesting things to see on site and I really enjoyed looking at the different aspects of construction”.

Jamie Siggers from Cambell Reith said “The launch event was a special occasion, allowing us to talk to the students about Holburne Park, which is a key project for our Bristol office with many interesting challenges. More importantly, it gave us a chance to introduce the students to a live construction site on a very prestigious development, where every stage of house-building is evident.”

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