01 / 11 / 2023

Leading partnerships developer Lovell recently held a Health and Safety Talk Day at a school- based near its Royal Victoria Court development in Newport.

 Royal Victoria Court is located off Cardiff Road, on the site of the former Whiteheads steelworks, and consists of a stunning range of 264 two, three and four-bedroom houses and one and two-bedroom apartments.

Lovell Community Development Co-ordinator, Meriel Gough, engaged in a constructive discussion with residents of Royal Victoria Court on the vital topic of safety around the construction site. This productive interaction led to, a Health and Safety Talk Day that took place at St Michael’s R.C. School, which is just a two-minute drive away from the development, to teach the pupils about safety precautions when living near a construction site.

Lovell Site Manager Kristian Hewlett and Community Development Coordinator Meriel Gough initiated the talks that taught the pupils to take health and safety precautions when living near a construction site.

The day included a series of comprehensive health and safety presentations tailored for each age group from Year 1 to Year 6, followed by an interactive portion where the children could apply what they had learned and get the chance to try on construction attire.

Gemma Clissett, regional partnerships director at Lovell, said: “Lovell has always been committed to ensuring the safety, happiness and satisfaction of all of our residents, and this series of talks is a part of that commitment. Our aim was to foster a sense of safety, understanding and trust within our community, particularly among our youngest residents and their families, and we sincerely hope we have achieved that.

“A construction site is not a safe place for children and we make continual efforts to ensure that this message has been received by those who live near our active developments. We look forward to doing more work with the local community going forward and hope that the students had fun as well as learning important lessons.”

Donna Davis from St. Michael's R C Primary School, said: “The sessions were intended to highlight the dangers of building sites.  The children really enjoyed wearing their hard hats and high-vis tabards.  The PowerPoints allowed discussions to take place and both Lovell staff and the children were able to share their knowledge and understanding. 

“The session allowed children to ask questions and gain an insight into building houses and how they can stay safe.  They needed reminding that a building site is not a play area, but somewhere to be avoided. It was important for this to take place as the building site is in our local area. Lovell have taken responsibility and are trying to ensure our children remain safe, which is very comforting to know.”


Students at St Michael’s R.C. School


Royal Victoria Court is being delivered by Lovell in partnership with Tirion Homes and with support from Welsh Government. The development will consist of 528 properties, including 264 open market sale homes and 234 affordable homes for rent with Tirion Homes, alongside an additional 30 properties for low-cost home ownership through Melin Homes.

Royal Victoria Court is now open seven days a week, 10am to 5pm. To find out more, visit https://www.lovell.co.uk/developments/royal-victoria-court-newport/ or call on 01633 928.