Gloucestershire College students inspired by visit to Prestbury Chase

Students from the Gloucestershire College gained a fascinating insight into the housebuilding industry on a visit to Prestbury Chase.

The group of Higher National Certificate in Construction Year 1 students were given a tour of Bloor Homes’ Prestbury Chase development off Prestbury Road with the aim to experience the building process on site and see the finished product in the form of a showhome.

They were welcomed by Bloor Homes Architectural Technical Manager Lis Holdsworth, who has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry and Senior Site Manager Nigel Meadows, who has more than 35 years of experience.

The visit started with a Health and Safety briefing, followed by a sneak preview of some of the homes currently under construction. Nigel Meadows demonstrated to the Year 1 students the various build stages, from before the ground is broken to the plumbing and painting.

Lis Holdsworth then gave a talk to the college students about sustainability, the planning and design aspects of creating a development, covering the engineering and drainage importance. The visit was concluded with a guided tour of the current showhomes at Prestbury Chase, where the students were able to really see and experience the final product. 

Nigel Meadows, Senior Site Manager for Bloor Homes Western, said: “It was a pleasure to show the students around Prestbury Chase and help them understand the different building stage levels. 

“The students seemed very interested in how the build was programmed and put together as well as the planning and design of our developments. Hopefully, they found the event very beneficial and it will give them a real insight to move forward in their careers.”

Lis Holdsworth, Architectural Technical Manager for Bloor Homes Western, said: “Over the last few years Bloor Homes significantly invested in the training of young people wanting to join the construction industry.  

“Throughout the Prestbury Chase visit, the students were thoroughly engaged and asked some impressive questions, which showed a real affinity with the build process and respect for the teams on site.

“Overall, the event was really enjoyable and was something that Bloor Homes feels very significant to the local community. The students were a credit to the Gloucestershire College and they demonstrated fantastic knowledge and enthusiasm.”