An award-winning Hartford Homes luxury housing development at Castletown is the focus of a major study for sixth form students at Castle Rushen High School.
The development at Knock Rushen forms part of the 2014 geography A-level syllabus of the 26 students under the heading of ‘contemporary conflicts’.
“The aim is for the students to look into the initial reactions of those who were for and against the development when it was first proposed and how those early conflicts were finally resolved,” said the School’s head of geography Emma Metcalfe.
She added: “The students will ultimately have to answer structured questions or write a 40 mark essay based on this conflict. It’s important they outline their reasons for the conflict and the attitudes of the different groups of people involved. This particular study now forms part of the A-level syllabus throughout the UK and the Isle of Man.”
Last year, for the first time, the School’s sixth formers benefited from a presentation given by James Greenhalgh, managing director of Hartford Homes, who was able to share the company’s experience of the Knock Rushen development before, during and after with the students.
“The development at Knock Rushen has won much acclaim for what is seen as a ‘tasteful’ layout that reflects Castletown’s Georgian architecture,” said Mr Greenhalgh. “It has been held up by architects and planners as an example of how a controversial site can be successfully developed and in fact has become a case study for many suppliers.”