Time capsule marks learning scheme

St Lukes'  Primary School in Skerton.
St Lukes' Primary School in Skerton.

Lancaster’s mayor joined children from St Lukes Primary School in Skerton to bury a time capsule to mark the completion of 27 new family homes.

The event was attended by representatives from local housing provider Guinness Northern Counties, Lancaster City Council and building contractors Eric Wright Construction Ltd who have worked in partnership to deliver the project at Ashbourne Road.

The two and three bed properties are the first new homes to be developed in Lancaster by Guinness Northern Counties for 25 years and are already fully let to people from the local authority’s waiting list.

Children from the nearby St Lukes School have followed the progress of the homes since work started on site in March 2012.

Eric Wright Construction Ltd and Guinness Northern Counties have organised site visits, health and safety talks, colouring competitions and a competition to suggest items for the time capsule, which will be opened in 50 years time.

The children’s suggestions ranged from letters, photographs and newspapers from 2013 to ballet shoes, a pencil and even a pirate ship!

Allan Ramsay, Guinness Northern Counties Director of Investment and Regeneration said: “We are really pleased to have been able to deliver these much needed good quality homes with the support of our partners, Lancaster City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Eric Wright Construction. The finished properties look fantastic and we’re delighted to have the support of the Mayor of Lancaster and St Lukes School in burying the time capsule to commemorate this important occasion.”

With construction costs in the region of £3m, the development has been part-subsidised with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, with part of the site gifted by Lancaster City Council so that the homes could be let at affordable rents.

Coun Karen Leytham, Cabinet member with responsibility for Housing and Health, said: “The delivery of affordable housing in the Lancaster district is a key council priority and we are delighted to have been able to support the delivery of this scheme.”

Mike Henry, director at the Eric Wright Group, said: “The steeply sloping site at Asbourne Road presented a particular challenge for the construction team but we’re very pleased that the end result has been so well received.”