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Northstone Generously Donate Wood to Thornleigh

Students nail down woodwork skills thanks to homebuilder donation!

Bolton’s Thornleigh Salesian College has received a generous donation of wood from leading eco-homebuilder, Northstone.

The sizeable donation includes lengths of 2m x 2m timber and sheets of Plywood; all of which were leftover materials from Northstone’s Airie development in Bolton.

Thornleigh will use the donation for its design department, to support the development of its construction students who will use it to gain hands on experience of working with different building materials.

Jacob Shaw, Site Manager at Northstone’s Airie development said: “From the outset of any new development, we prioritise sustainability – we even choose the dimensions of our homes in line with brick sizes to minimise waste. So when faced with a significant amount of leftover materials we were committed to making sure it was put to good use.”

Chrissie Bramhall, Communities Manager for Northstone added: “Thornleigh Salesian College is located very close to our Airie development in Over Hulton and is a pillar of the community for young people in the area, so was a natural choice to receive the donation.

“We are absolutely delighted the materials will be used to support its design students and budding construction workers of the future and can’t wait to see what they get up to with the wood!”

The donation is just one of several sustainable initiatives from the homebuilder who has become known for its company-wide eco-leading policies from all its homes featuring Velfac windows and an intelligent heating system as standard, to it being the first homebuilder in the UK to become a Gold Member of The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, aiming to enhance biodiversity for the benefit of local wildlife and communities.

Leon Cox, head of BTEC Construction at Thornleigh Salesian College said: “We are incredibly grateful to the team at Northstone for their generous donation. I cannot tell you how much it will help our design students and the opportunities it will give them to learn and develop their hands on woodwork skills.”

Northstone’s Airie development is located on St Helen’s Road in Over Hulton, Bolton and features a variety of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes from £225,000. The homebuilder has recently launched phase 2 of the development, which once complete will feature 105 homes.

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See the photos below using the wood supplied by Northstone in lesson: