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Romford youngsters look to the future

02 July 2013

Youngsters from Broadford Primary School in Romford have sent a message to homehunters of the future by burying a time capsule at our Essex development, Neave Place.

To mark the opening of the show home on site, pupils were asked by our Essex region to come up with designs for a ‘house of the future’ which have been put inside the capsule along and safely buried for future generations to discover.

The children took part in the design task as part of their school curriculum looking at how current house designs might develop over time, and linked this to their recent work on an Eco Project.

“We looked at how homes of the future could make use of renewable energy. Our designs included solar panels, reed bushes for cleaning water and the use of rain water for irrigation” said Thomas Doidge, aged 11.

Malcolm Drakes, headteacher at Broadford Primary, commented: “We were delighted to be involved with Persimmon Homes in designing a house of the future. It fitted in to our maths lesson where we were exploring costs, budgets and measuring skills. Our pupils are experienced in this topic as we have had construction workers rebuilding the school on site for the last four years!

“It is always great to be included in community activities and the kids really enjoyed getting inventive. With these children potentially becoming housebuilders of the future, it was interesting to see how creative some of the designs were.”

Pupils from Broadford Primary were invited to visit Neave Place recently to help bury the time capsule in the garden of the show home.

Norman Sharpe, sales director of Persimmon Homes Essex, said: “We constantly strive to build relationships with the communities in which our developments are located and work closely with a small number of schools hosting site visits and also seeking their assistance when naming sites. 

“This time, we decided to ask local youngsters to come up with a design for a house of the future to test their creativity and allow them to be part of something that will relate to the history of the site.”

Neave Place is a development of two, three, four bedroom homes and two bedroom apartments on Noak Hill Road in Romford. The showhome is now open on site 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm or click here for more info.

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