In the run up to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, award-winning housebuilder Weston Homes has been working with children from a school close to its King's Island development of new homes in Uxbridge to commemorate the occasion. Last week, the pupils from St Mary's RC Primary School visited the site and buried a time capsule there in the presence of the deputy mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Allan Kauffman.
After a tour of the King's Island site, the children put project work and various other items into sealable bags (to protect them from erosion and damage from water and air), then placed all the bags into a capsule by the dockside at the development, marked by a commemorative plaque.
"This was a great experience for the children who relished attending King's Island," says Marie Duhig, Year 5 teacher at St Mary's RC Primary School. "It is exciting that future generations could discover what the children have written and serves as a memento of this occasion. We are very grateful for Weston Homes for giving us this opportunity and it was a very enjoyable day for the children."
Bob Weston, Chairman and Chief Executive of Weston Homes, says: "King's Island is a special site rich in history and is something of a landmark locally. I am therefore honoured that the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon were able to take part in the ceremony, and that the teachers and pupils of St Mary's RC Primary School have been so enthusiastic about marking this important milestone.
"The time capsule will serve as a fitting reminder for generations to come of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year, as well as marking this important new chapter for King's Island. The site boasts a fascinating history, having been the site of a flour mill which proudly served the local population and beyond for centuries. I hope its transformation into a high quality homes for local people, as well as the sensitive restoration of the old mill building and the dock that used to serve it and two houses Mill House and Kings Hill Cottage, will leave a legacy local people can continue to be equally proud of for centuries to come."
Some 60% of homes have already been sold at King's Island since its launch last year, a mix of three-, four- and five-bedroom townhouses and 127 one- and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses. The apartments are a mix of brand new construction and properties in the converted, listed mill building. The development won Gold for Best Interior Design at the What House? Awards 2011.
Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2012, and meanwhile prospective buyers are invited to visit a variety of show homes and the sales and marketing suite on site, open seven days a week, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.