Children from Oaktree, a well established Balham nursery, were invited by a residential developer to visit The Tramyard.

This is Joseph Homes' latest scheme on Balham High Road between Tooting Bec and Balham tube stations. Joseph Homes invited Oaktree as part of their mission to contribute to communities surrounding their developments.

As part of their curriculum, the children are learning about the world of architecture and all that goes into creating a building, from design and planning to materials and construction. To bring the learning to life, Joseph Homes arranged for children’s character and construction industry mascot, Ivor Goodsite, to escort their children from their nursery to The Tramyard. Ivor made sure to explain the dangers of playing on construction sites and told the children all about how exciting it is to work in the industry.

Commenting on the visit, Julia Reynolds, Sales and Marketing Director at Joseph Homes, said: “We were delighted to welcome the children from Oaktree nursery. Our aim was to capture their imaginations and help them build a picture of how buildings are created from the ground up. We arranged for a crane to pick up a skip from the base of the site – it was amazing to see and hear the children’s responses. They were all captivated by the history of The Tramyard and our team on site gave them entertaining and informative answers to all their questions.”

Following the visit, the children have been tasked with designing their own dream home. The creations will be displayed at Esquires Coffee Shop on Bedford Hill from November 17.

Jill Pearce, Headteacher at Oaktree, noted how “this was such a special trip for us; it created a wonderful community feel. The children were full of energy and we look forward to continuing the topic in the classroom.”

Set on Balham High Road in between Tooting Bec and Balham tube stations, The Tramyard houses 70 one, two and three bedroom apartments. Prices start from £499,999 and selected homes are available through the London Help to Buy scheme. 50% of phase one have already been sold.

The apartments are for sale through Marsh & Parsons, which can be contacted on 0207 499 7272.