Naming the Quarter

Pupils at a Derby school have been invited to help name apartment buildings to be built at Bondholder Wavensmere Homes' historic Nightingale Quarter site.

The competition will give children at the neighbouring school to the site, St James CE Infant school, the chance to enter their ideas for what some of the apartment buildings at the new development will be called.

To officially launch the competition, Derby-based estate agents Haart who are selling the homes, visited the school last week to help inspire pupils and hear their ideas. The school is opposite where the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary was once situated, and where work will start shortly in building the 800 homes planned.

St James CE Infant School headteacher Luisa Pancisi said: “Our school is directly across the road and the children see it every day and are really excited to know that soon there will be hundreds of new homes that they can watch being built.

“The site is of huge historic interest to everyone in and around Derby and it will be a great legacy to know that maybe some of the names we choose will then become where families will live for years to come, and it will be incredible that we have been a part of it,” she added.

James Dickens, Managing Director of Wavensmere Homes, said: “We are so pleased that the school wants to help us name some of the blocks of the Nightingale Quarter. We are very much committed to making this development part of the community, and pupils also have their say.

“The winners will not only get the chance to see the street names revealed when they are built, but also their school will benefit from a small prize from us as well.”