We recently invited pupils from Porthcawl Primary School for an educational workshop and site visit with our local subcontractors.  

The day included workshops with members of our Senior Leadership team which focused on teamwork, and together with our local heating, plumbing, dry lining and electrical contractors, pupils from years 5 and 6 were provided with practical introductions to the various trade roles typically involved in construction.

Led by our Health, Safety and Environmental Manager Adele John, Design Director Helen Bartlett and Construction Manager Robert Chapman, the trip included a visit to a multi-million-pound live construction project, being developed in conjunction with our client Valleys to Coast.

Whilst on site, Adele guided the children through all the Health and Safety aspects required when working in construction – thanks goes to our subcontractors for donating safety hats and high vis jackets for the trip.

“Our pupils really enjoyed the experience, and it was great for them to visit a real building site understanding the different trades and materials involved, as well as focusing on the importance of health and safety in construction. All of the Paramount team were brilliant with the pupils through the different workshops, and they made the day really engaging. Thank you!”

Mr. Richards, Deputy Head Teacher, Porthcawl Primary School

The project is a 20-property development consisting of 17 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom accommodation across four-storeys and is intended to serve the over 50’s demographic. The homes will be completed in April 2024. Read more on the project here.

“Our team thoroughly enjoyed organising this initiative with Porthcawl Primary School. The students were excellent, well behaved and clearly engaged. One of the highlights of the visit was the Q&A session with Robert, where many of the children were eager to learn more about house building. The day wouldn’t have been a success without our dedicated subcontractors working on the development who share the same values as Paramount in supporting our local communities. Thank you to Tom Norton Dry Lining, Olivers Services and M&L Electrical Contractors.”

Adele John, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Paramount

Further to the visit, Paramount tasked all pupils of Porthcawl Primary School with an art competition to design their dream home, with all winning artwork printed and displayed on hoarding in front of the site at Old Station Road.

“As a housing association that truly cares about making a difference in the Bridgend area, events like this are crucial for making connections. It goes beyond building homes, showcasing our work to local residents whilst hopefully inspiring the next generation of builders, surveyors and housing enthusiasts! We really appreciate Paramount taking the lead on this event and it’s great to see the students fully embracing their trip onto the Old Station Road site. We hope they’ll love seeing the finished build once we complete these new homes in April.”

Max Lewis, Senior Development Officer, Valleys to Coast