A HOUSING developer has crowned the first two winners of its specially designed award programme at a school in Abingdon.

David Wilson Homes created the ‘Building Buddies Award’ which aims to get children interested in the industry and raise awareness of the variety of roles available in construction.

The award scheme is currently being hosted at Dunmore Primary School.

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The scheme is comprised of four tasks which take place throughout the academic year and each winner gets a £25 voucher for their projects.

Task one pupils created their own fictitious housing development with a name and designing a logo for it which was won by Teagan Cole.

Chengqi Zhang won task two which was a writing task focused on marketing.

Sam Bartholomew, headteacher at Dunmore Primary School, said: "The children have really enjoyed taking part in the Building Buddies project. I have been impressed with their brilliant ideas for eco-friendly houses, complete with wildlife gardens.

“The scheme has given them the unique opportunity to have a little insight into the process of the design and creation of new building developments, sparking their curiosity and leading to lots of discussion.”

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Campbell Gregg, managing director at David Wilson Homes Southern, said: “We’ve loved all the entries we’ve received so far from the talented children, and we are very much looking forward to hosting the ceremony and announcing the winners of the final tasks.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage.

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