NHBC Awards, North West

Rewarding Gin Pit Village Phase Two

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Currently under construction in Astley is Gin Pit Village Phase Two. The development is being funded and constructed by Ben Bailey Homes who is also the main contractor and architect on the project.

The second phase of the development – located near to Tyldesley – comprises a mix of three and four-bedroom detached properties, three-bedroom semi-detached houses and a number of muse houses. Work began on Gin Pit Village Phase Two in January 2011, following the successful completion of Gin Pit Village Phase One.

Gin Pit Village Phase One began in 2008 and involved the construction of a mix of timber kit constructed apartments and three-storey muse houses. Gin Pit Village Phase Two was implemented due to the popularity of Phase One.

A unique aspect of Gin Pit Village Phase Two is that potential residents can purchase properties off plan, which allows new home owners the opportunity to provide design input into the build. This level of personalisation allows buyers to choose their desired kitchen units, lighting and tiling, along with a number of additional fixtures and fittings.

Ben Bailey Homes Sales Manager, Wendy Wright, said:

“We pride ourselves on designing homes to meet buyer needs and this is exactly what we have done at Gin Pit Village. Feedback suggested that more three and four bedroom homes were needed in the area so that is what the new phase will provide.

“We anticipate the new phase at Gin Pit Village to be very popular. It is set in a beautiful location with brilliant amenities and transport links close by. The development offers a range of house sizes and styles, which is a fabulous base to create a thriving community.”

All of the buildings on Phase Two of the development are being constructed from brick and block. All windows, soffits and doors are being finished in UPVC and the roof is being finished in grey slate.

Fencing will be placed around each property and front and back gardens will also be installed. Most of the properties will benefit from double driveways and there will be extensive planting taking place throughout the site.

Although a communal green is currently located on Gin Pit Village Phase One a brand new communal area will also be incorporated on Phase Two of the site. Once work has been completed on all of the houses on Phase Two a monument will also be installed on the site to mark the historic significance of the former Gin Pit site.

Ben Bailey Homes Site Manager, Martin Sharkey, said:

“There’s a small village located towards the top end of this development which comprises the original Gin Pit Village which was connected to a gin pit and industrial works. We have kept this name and expanded the community for this development.

“Located nearby there is also a large club house with pitches for cricket, rugby and football. A lot of events take place each year on this site and we get involved with these events to help bring the developing community together.

“This has been a really good, straight forward operation so far and currently we are up to Plot 86 of this second phase. To complete Gin Pit Village Phase Two we have approximately 40 additional units to construct and given the current economical climate this will take place over the next 18 months.”

Martin Sharkey added:

“On a personal note I’m ecstatic about winning a NHBC Award. This is the second award that I have won in 2012 – following a Local Authority Award earlier in the year – but my aim was always to achieve recognition through NHBC.

“For Ben Bailey Homes winning a NHBC Award is also very significant. In the North West region we haven’t won an award for around 20 years, so moving forward it is a great starting point for us to keep achieving more awards.

“Winning a NHBC Award is good recognition for the company as well as the region. The quality of this site is very important and this award perfectly highlights this.”

Gin Pit Village Phase Two is scheduled to reach completion in late 2013.

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