Notching up his fourth NHBC Quality Award is Taylor Wimpey’s Gareth Day, Senior Site Manager at Bramble Walk, Kings Reach, Biggleswade.
Following on from awards won in 2003, 2008 and 2009, Gareth said: “It’s always a nice achievement after a year of hard work – it’s good to have something at the end of it.”
Previous awards are no guarantee of success, though, he says, and winners can’t afford to rest on their laurels. “You can’t guarantee anything: you need to be constantly vigilant and uncompromising.”
The quality of the site team too, is paramount. “Any site manager who thinks he can win an award without a good team must be dreaming. It is a real big team effort. I recently lost two long-standing members of my team who’d won two previous awards with me and it has made a big difference.”
He added that one of the challenges of the development was working at two different locations on the large site, situated approximately 1,000 metres apart. “At the moment I don’t have an assistant and it can be harder to monitor quality when having to constantly move back and forth between the two locations,” he said.
He started his career as a bricklayer before moving on to the position of assistant site manager for 18 months; he then progressed to site manager and senior site manager. He joined his present company around 10 years ago.
The development is proving a success in more ways than one. In addition to being an award-winning site, with customer satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent, the homes are also selling exceptionally well, says Gareth. So well in fact, that the company have increased the build programme from 40 units to 48 this year.
When it comes to location, the homes at Bramble Walk really do have everything: acre upon acre of picturesque Bedfordshire countryside on the doorstep, the ancient town of Biggleswade just a short walk away, and a wealth of local amenities nearby.
Part of the new community of King’s Reach, Bramble Walk will comprise 139 homes – an impressive combination of fresh contemporary and traditional architectural styles, including stylish two-bedroom apartments through to charming and spacious three, four and five-bedroom houses.
Homes on the development include the four-bedroom York double fronted family house with two bay windows, exceptionally large open plan kitchen dining room and separate home office.
The Hillier 3/4 bedroom home features a utility area off the kitchen, a large lounge with double door entrance and French doors to the garden, as well as an ensuite to the master bedroom with double sized shower. The Lavender five-bedroom home has a large kitchen/breakfast room and separate utility room, plus dining room and home office on the ground floor.
The Charleston three-bedroom home is designed in a contemporary L-shape and has an open plan kitchen and dining room, with a separate lounge that has French windows leading into the garden.
In addition to creating a seamless natural extension to the well-connected town, King’s Reach will benefit from a new lower school, community centre and local shops. The development will also bring about improvements to transport in Biggleswade, with a new relief road to ease traffic and reduce journey times, as well as enhancements to local cycleways and footpaths to make green travel simple and fun.
Biggleswade is an ancient town steeped in a rich heritage dating back centuries, and its bustling weekly Saturday market is still going strong after some 800 years. Today, the town also boasts a wide selection of high street and independent shops, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants, health facilities, a cinema and a leisure centre and pool, whilst a good choice of schools ensures children of all ages are well catered for.
Quick links to London and Cambridge make Bramble Walk highly desirable for commuters. Biggleswade railway station is only a mile from the development and runs frequent services to King’s Cross, whilst the A1 is just half a mile away for both the capital and the north.