Dangers of construction sites to be taught at Hazard Alley

Willmott Dixon trainee Scott Hoare (third from left) with the staff at the Safety Centre in the new dedicated construction zone
Willmott Dixon trainee Scott Hoare (third from left) with the staff at the Safety Centre in the new dedicated construction zone

A centre that educates over 17,000 school children about hazardous situations will soon teach about the dangers of construction sites.

The Milton Keynes safety centre, known as Hazard Alley, creates innovative ways to introduce children to important elements of the national curriculum, including: peer pressure, bullying, vandalism and personal safety.

Construction firm Willmott Dixon has worked to deliver a mock site office, and site to the centre, aiming to encourage young people to learn about the threats posed by construction sites.

Each zone incorporates realistic settings, interactive equipment and special effects to make them as authentic as possible.

Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon, said: “At Willmott Dixon we believe in giving back to local communities and supporting young people in any way we can.

“We are pleased to have provided the centre with a special zone on construction, which aims to engage young people about the dangers found on a building site. 
“We also want to thank all of our sub-contractors that supplied materials and time free of charge for this project.

“Hazard Alley is a great example of how communities can support and educate children, the centre is a great way for children to learn outside of the classroom and have new and challenging experiences.”

Several of Willmott Dixon’s supply chain partners participated in the project, including: Jewson Nuneaton , Parish Joinery, Reynolds, Smith Recycling, TOL Decorators and Dale Studios, which supplied signage and artwork partly sponsored by Graffic Groundworks.

Hazard Alley is a registered charity and is not centrally funded. Due to this, the centre relies upon donations and support from the public and private sector.

Currently, Hazard Alley educates children from 6 – 12 years old on how to stay safe on the road, railway, at home, around fire and water, on the internet, on building sites and on farms.

The centre also educates children about first aid, anti-social behaviour and the consequences of crime.

For more information on Hazard Alley please visit http://www.safetycentre.co.uk/