Pupils at Byker’s St Lawrence Primary School are now Safe Aware after the Byker Community Trust (BCT) teamed up with building firm, Keepmoat, to organise a visit from construction site safety mascot, Luke Safe.
Timed to coincide with the start of work on the í9.5 million refurbishment of the Byker Wall, for which Keepmoat is the lead contractor, the visit was organised by the BCT to help ensure that young people in the Byker area are aware of the potential hazards that a building site can hold.
“We work very hard to keep our building sites safe and secure, and the Byker Wall is no exception, but there are so many risks that we need young children to be aware of,” said Lyndsey Leitch, Resident Liaison Officer at Keepmoat.
The BCT is working with Keepmoat and other subcontractors on the biggest ever refurbishment of the Byker Wall, which is expected to take two years to complete.
The work includes a complete internal and external revamp of the iconic building, including a new roof, involving a lot of scaffolding and other temporary structures at various locations in the Byker Estate.
“Luke Safe is a great character and this is a very important message, so we were pleased to support the visit organised by Keepmoat,” said Jill Haley, Chief Executive of the BCT, which owns and manages over 1,800 homes on the Byker Estate.
To find out more about the Byker Wall Estate and the Byker Community Trust visit, please vist: www.bykercommunitytrust.org.