West Ham Church School in Newham is celebrating receiving the keys to a brand new two storey extension which replaced mobile classrooms, and now provides 10 new state of the art learning areas for pupils.
Lakehouse Construction has handed over the building to teachers and pupils following just over a year of work, which included a local labour and apprenticeships initiative and a host of educational events, fund-raisers and community engagement programmes.
The extension incorporates class-based teaching spaces, a teaching group room and kitchenette facilities, toilets, entrance and circulation spaces together with external hard landscaping for business access.
Jay Sangar, Site Manager for Lakehouse said “During the period that we’ve been here at the school, we’ve not only had the opportunity to deliver the material upgrades the school was in need of, but also do a lot with the kids and the community here. Being able to educate the pupils about health and safety, about jobs in construction, and how the new building was being put together was really rewarding for everyone involved, and being able to reach out to the local area and create employment opportunities for some people that were interested in entering the construction industry was obviously fantastic as well”.
During the period of works, the Lakehouse staff at the site were also able to support the Newham Road Safety initiative by contributing £400.00, as well as helping with the school’s Christmas bazaar and facilitating the burial of the school’s time capsule by the pupils, which was buried on the school grounds.
Head teacher, Paulette Bailey, said of the experience “The children have loved watching the building grow in such close proximity to them and they have benefited greatly from the educational experiences, projects and interactions with the Lakehouse team and the London Borough of Newham staff. The building has made a great difference to their learning environment.”
Another great story was that of Derek Barry, a 43 year old Newham resident who after experiencing a period of time out of work looked for local opportunities through Newham Workplace, a service helping employers find local people to work for them.
The result for Derek was a ten week period of training with Lakehouse, across a range of introductory construction skills including decorating, tiling, plumbing and carpentry; and resulting in a CSC card which enabled Derek to work as a laborer on site.
Such has been Derek’s contribution to the project, and his constant motivation to develop his career, he now works full time for Lakehouse as a Site Assistant, and has truly been an inspiration to the people who have worked with him.
The work at West Ham School has been awarded a Performance Beyond Compliance rating by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
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