New initiative helps Stonebridge children access home learning

Posted 05/02/2021

Brent Council and contractor, Higgins Partnerships have joined forces to deliver computer equipment to primary schools in the Stonebridge area.

Stonebridge and Our Lady of Lourdes primary schools will be receiving a selection of tablets and laptops to help pupils with home schooling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Brent Council awarded Higgins a £22 million contract for the redevelopment of the Hillside and Milton Avenue sites as part of the redevelopment of Stonebridge back in September. 

Higgins will design a selection of 51 one, two and three-bedroom apartments, and 22 four-bedroom town houses, a selection of which will be wheelchair adaptable. This will provide homes for 73 families who are presently overcrowded or in temporary accommodation.

There will also be a retail unit with new public open space linking the two sites. The public space will feature hard and soft landscaping with a new playground and outdoor gym included, and a series of bridges over the existing canal feeder that runs through the sites.

Councillor Eleanor Southwood said: “Supporting Stonebridge residents as we deliver new affordable homes and thriving local spaces in their neighbourhood is a core commitment. We’re always keen for our contractors to give back to Brent’s communities and I’m grateful to Higgins for this wonderful initiative to help local schoolchildren access home schooling and digital learning. I’m looking forward to working with the Stonebridge community as we progress with this development.”

Steve Leakey, Managing Director of Higgins Partnerships said: “We are committed to working with the local community on every project we do and are delighted to be able to work with Brent Council to help local Stonebridge school children gain access to home schooling more easily. We look forward to working further with the community as our work progresses at Hillside and Milton Avenue.”

Niki Ellement, Acting Headteacher at Our Lady Of Lourdes (OLOL) Catholic Primary School said: “We are delighted to receive ten tablets for OLOL children from Brent, working in partnership with Higgins. These will make a difference to many of our families. The devices will enable the pupils to gain access to their daily online lessons with their teacher during this national lockdown and for home learning activities in the future.”