School project gives pupils a taste of sustainable housing challenges

THE team from Whiteburn’s Viewforth development was recently invited to Sinclairtown Primary in Kirkcaldy where they challenged primary 7 pupils to design a model layout of a sustainable housing development and create a bid to buy land.

The youngsters were taught the importance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in creating sustainable developments. There was also an opportunity for the children to learn more about Fife Council’s new Local Development Plan (LDP), as well as the concept of 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Eve McCurrich, MD for Whiteburn, said, “We are mindful that we want our Viewforth development to provide a positive contribution to the local community and we want to be more than just a developer. It’s also been great to partner with Fife Council’s planning department to get the children directly involved in their engagement process that’s underway for the new LDP. I’m sure their ideas and insights will provide a valuable contribution into aspects of the new LDP as it emerges.

“Where we can, we want to help support and be part of the local community and working with the children at Sinclairtown Primary allows us to do just that. Additionally, promoting the importance of STEM subjects and showing how they are essential within our industry, I hope helps to inspire the next generation and it is our way of helping to future-proof the industry.”

Paulene Bradshaw, headteacher at Sinclairtown, added, “We were delighted to welcome the team from Viewforth back into our school. The practical STEM sessions were a real hit with the primary 7 children who had the opportunity to apply the STEM skills that they have developed over the years, which helps to consolidate their learning in a fun and interesting way.”

Viewforth offers 72 new two, three and four-bedroom homes and 15 affordable homes in the grounds of the former Viewforth High School in Kirkcaldy.