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Danish students welcomed to Kilburn development

Thirty-four Danish students from the rural town of Christiansfeld in Denmark were welcomed to Network Homes’ Kilburn Quarter development, to learn about construction and life in the urban environment.

The 13-15 year olds were shown two different show flats at Kilburn Quarter, which offers 229 homes – 103 for social rent and 126 for private sale – while also viewing the works that are being taken to complete the development, such as landscaping.

David Foster, Head of Construction, also told the visiting students about the work Network Homes does to offer a wide range of homes available for rent and purchase.

After their visit to Kilburn Quarter, the students visited Churchill’s Bunker, codenamed Paddock, in Neasden. This bunker, owned by Network Homes, was an alternative to the Cabinet War Rooms during world War Two and was deep enough underground to be completely bombproof.

The bunker was designed to be large enough to accommodate the entire war cabinet and 200 staff. Churchill found the bunker to be rather damp and too far away from Whitehall and so it was only used once for a war cabinet meeting.

Karen Bertelsen, teacher at Stepping Friskole, said: “We wanted to show the children something more than the traditional London sights and also to show them what different career paths are available.

“We live in the countryside, so it is great for the children to see what life is like in other places and show them the possibilities for their future.”