Getting on the ladder in the town’s big building site

Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College at the Queens Park estate with Lovell craft trainee supervisor Paul Woby.

Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College at the Queens Park estate with Lovell craft trainee supervisor Paul Woby.

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Teenagers hoping to forge a career in the construction industry visited a £22m regeneration project of a Blackpool housing estate.

Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College visited Queens Park estate, Layton, for a tour of the programme underway to bulldoze the existing tower blocks, replacing them with 198 homes.

The teens, all studying for a diploma in Construction and the Built Environment qualification, met with the team from regeneration specialist Lovell, to learn about their jobs and the preparation ahead of the impending demolition.

John Smith, curriculum leader for construction professional studies at the college, said: “Visits like this enable students to talk to people employed in the business, find out skills they’ll need and get a feel for what’s it like working in construction.”

The group toured the site, taking in views from the tower blocks currently being stripped out for demolition.

The estate’s three-storey maisonettes are due to come down in the coming weeks, followed by the phased demolition of Charles Court and Ashworth Court tower blocks, which will be dismantled section by section. Lovell is scheduled to start building work in December on the first phase of construction consisting of 70 apartments and 22 houses.

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