Digger dream comes true for Sheffield schoolboy thanks to Yorkshire housebuilder

A digger-obsessed Sheffield schoolboy has had his dreams realised thanks to housebuilder Erris Homes.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 12:27 pm
Erris Homes Schoolboy Archie May 2021 4 (L-R Andy Archie)

Year 4 pupil Archie Fowler was invited to a demonstration of various machines on site at new housing development, Cloverleaf Court, after submitting a creative model of the construction site for his school’s egg decorating competition last month.

The model, inventively named Eggscavation, was based on the scheme of 13 new family homes and featured several toy diggers surrounded by eggs dressed as construction workers.

Mum Tracey said: “Archie has been obsessed with diggers from a very young age, and as the site is so close to his school it made sense to base his design on the construction site at Cloverleaf Court.

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Erris Homes Schoolboy Archie May 2021 1 (L-R Tracey Archie Andy)

“As the development is on Main Road just next to Archie’s school, we pass the site every day and we always comment on the diggers or machinery on site.”

After Wharncliffe Primary School’s headmaster Matt Gaughan shared a picture of the model with Erris Homes, Archie was invited to see the diggers in action and meet with Erris Homes site manager Andy Rafton.

Andy said: “We were all blown away by Archie’s submission and we are thrilled to have been able to thank him in a meaningful way.

“It was a pleasure to meet with him and not only chat about the various machines in operation but also escort him around the site and warn him of the dangers of entering a construction site unsupervised.”

Erris Homes Schoolboy Archie May 2021 2 (L-R Tracey Archie Andy)

In addition to an escort around the site, Erris Homes also presented Archie with a £25 book voucher and a new toy digger to add to his collection.

“Archie had a great time visiting the site last week and is very grateful for his new digger which he has since added it to his ‘fleet!’” said Tracey. “Hopefully one day he will be on a proper site with ‘big boy’s toys’ – until then, he will continue to dig up my garden!”

Commenting on Archie’s passion, Andy said: “It’s fantastic to see such enthusiasm from someone so young and I can only hope that Archie continues to pursue this interest in later life. He is more than welcome to approach us again in a few years – there is definitely a work experience position with his name on it when he is old enough!”

Cloverleaf Court comprises 13 new four-bedroom family homes from £330,000. The first homes are expected to be ready to move into late summer, just in time for the new school year.

Erris Homes Schoolboy Archie May 2021 3 (L-R Andy Archie)