Westfield Heights is an exclusive Forest Homes development of spacious, traditionally built three and four bedroom detached houses built to the latest energy efficient standards.
The development is situated in the small village of Etchinghill with its 18-hole golf course, village hall and newly opened restaurant, The Gatekeepeer Inn. The village of Lyminge is about 1.5 miles away and offers a small variety of local shops including a post office, primary school and doctor’s surgery. Etchinghill is between Folkestone, which is about 6 miles away, and Canterbury, which is about 15 miles away.
Speaking to Premier Construction magazine, Tony Warman, Managing Director of Forest Homes said: “The site is situated in an established residential area and had been derelict for a number of years. It was, previously, a small industrial estate with a marine engineering business, a jaguar cars business and a car valeting business all operating there. Historically, the land formed part of the grounds to Fever Hospital and has been a concrete block works.”
The development comprises of seven properties consisting of a pair of semi-detached 3 bedroom houses, three 3 bedroom and two 4 bedroom detached houses and prices of the detached houses start from £375,000. The properties have been constructed to the latest energy efficient standards and are finished to a high specification with luxury fitted kitchens and modern bathroom suites incorporating vanity units. All of the properties have gas central heating, underfloor heating throughout the ground floor and a Photovoltaic Solar Panel System with the benefit of the ‘Feed In Tariff Scheme’ providing renewable energy.
Tony added: “We pride ourselves in building traditional houses, using brick and block cavity walls, hanging tiling with plain tiled roofs and wet plastering. We provide all floor finishes with a choice of tiling, carpets and wooden flooring.”
Work on the site started about 16 months ago and there was a lot of clearance work needed before the construction of the properties could start. The construction of the super-structures of all of the properties is now complete – the first property is occupied and it is anticipated that the development will be finished by the end of the year.
Despite work running to schedule, there have been some challenges working on a site that is located in the middle of a residential area.
Tony said: “The biggest challenges have been the restricted access to the site and maintaining access to the existing properties throughout the construction period. It has been quite an unusual site in that respect, given the fact that we had to maintain access to a number of properties whilst carrying out our building works. In effect, we have had to arrange deliveries and carry out our works after residents have left for work in the morning and have the access to their properties reinstated by the end of the day. The construction of the project has taken slightly longer than it usually would have due to this.”
For their work on the project, Tony and his team have been awarded an NHBC Pride in the Job award.
A Pride in the Job award is the highest industry accolade a site manager can receive. It represents success for the site manager, his team and associated trades as well as providing a reputation boost for the building company. Most importantly, home owners who buy a Pride in the Job award-winning home benefit from a high quality product.
Commenting on the award, Tony said: “I am delighted to win this award; it has been great achieving recognition from the industries best warranty provider for our quality tradesmen and traditional construction methods. My company has always had an excellent reputation for the quality of our houses and our customer care and this award can only enhance our reputation and help with the marketing of our future developments.”
Mark Tumber & Ricky Mackintosh Bricklayers
Mark Tumber & Ricky Mackintosh Bricklayers have been working in partnership for three and a half years. Between the two craftsmen, Mark Tumber (former R and M Brickwork) and partner Ricky Mackintosh have 43 years’ of knowledge in their respective disciplines. The duo predominantly undertake projects involving brick work, but also regard themselves as rather versatile when it comes to their skills, willing to turn their hands to most tasks.
In the past, Mark Tumber & Ricky Mackintosh Bricklayers have worked with Tony Warman on the Forest Homes project and worked in Thanet on the St Crispin’s homes, as well as small developments for other builders.
Mark Tumber & Ricky Mackintosh Bricklayers was the main brickwork contractor for the Westfield Heights project.
Premier Construction caught up with one half of the partnership, Mark Tumber, to find out more about the main focal point of their company. He told us:
“We pride ourselves on good workmanship, time keeping, cleanliness and good manners.”