The Worshipful Town Mayor of Deal, Councillor Dr Deryck Murray, was on-hand last Thursday to unveil a series of artwork created by local primary school pupils. The pictures, representing the town and local landmarks, will be displayed on hoardings around the site of a flagship new development on Mongeham Road, which will provide 81 new homes for the town’s older residents.
The homes have been commissioned by Orbit South, one of the region’s leading affordable housing providers, which has around 15,500 homes in the South East and London. As part of the project, the housing association’s contractor, Denne, a Bouygues UK company, has developed a partnership with the neighbouring primary school to make sure the new scheme is integrated as part of the community from the get-go.
The artwork idea was the brainwave of Denne staff based on the Mongeham Road site. Denne Business Development Director, Darren Welch, explained: “The school is right next door and the pupils will be walking past most days during the construction phase. We wanted to find a way for them to feel involved in this major project, that’s going on right next door - as well as make the site more appealing to passers-by. The site team approached staff from Hornbeam Primary School with the idea and the pupils were full of enthusiasm, coming up with striking visual images. The pictures will now be displayed on hoardings around the front of the development, so the children can see them on their way to and from school.”
Maggie McCann, Development Director for Orbit Homes said; “We were delighted to reveal the hoardings to the pupils and hope it will help increase the sense of community in the area. We are also looking forward to the completion of the scheme that will provide high quality, affordable housing for older generations for many years to come. Once complete, the development will include a range of amenities to allow people to live full, active and independent lives. There will be 81 ultra-modern one and two bedroom apartments along with landscaped gardens, a communal lounge, a computer suite and a treatment room. Keen to ensure that the residents feel integrated with the wider community, the development will also include a café and hair salon that will be available to the general public.”
The official unveiling took place during a small ceremony at 2pm on Thursday 17 July. Pupils were given a quick tour of the site and shown where their pictures will be displayed on the public hoardings.