Midlands & East Anglia NHBC Awards

Expanding Woodlands Park

Woodlands Park, Great Dunmow, Essex , NHBC Awards 2012

Woodlands Park in Great Dunmow, Essex is a grand housing development, comprising a mix of one, two, three, four, five and six-bedroom properties.

The site has been under development since 1995 and continues to expand each year to incorporate additional housing units.

Woodlands Park is owned by Wickford Developments, whose current plan is to construct between 1700 and 1800 houses on the site. Due to the extensive nature of the building work construction of Woodlands Park is being split into sectors, which is then subsequently divided into phases.

Currently work is taking place on Sector 2 Phases Three and Four of the site and it is this Sector which has won a Pride in the Job Award for site manager Aaron Parradine.

Woodlands Park, Great Dunmow, Essex , NHBC Awards 2012

Aaron Parradine, commented:

“This is the first award that I have won in my career and it highlights the hard work that has been put into getting Woodlands Park Sector 2 off the ground.

“I first realised that I had received the award when I noticed my name appear on the NHBC’s website. It was a very pleasant surprise for me, even though Woodlands Park has become well known in the local area for winning awards.

“This type of recognition is also great for our team and it really helps to boost morale on the site.”

Woodlands Park, Great Dunmow, Essex , NHBC Awards 2012

Before work began on Woodlands Park the site previously existed as farm land. With each new Sector taking place, the development expands into the existing land to incorporate additional units into the site.

Aaron Parradine, said:

“Woodlands has been up and running for over 15 years now, with houses being built to meet demand. We approach this work as an ongoing operation where we are creating approximately 30 to 50 new units each year. It is very likely that this project will continue for another 15 years.

“I first started working on the project over two years ago and Sector 2 started around the same time that I came on board.”

Woodlands Park, Great Dunmow, Essex , NHBC Awards 2012

Like many of the award-winning developments that have received NHBC Awards, the houses on the Woodlands Park site are being constructed using traditional methods of brick and block, with timber joists, solid internal brick walls and facing brick exterior. The buildings also include UPVC windows, a Hallmark front door and front and back gardens.

In addition to the landscaped areas included with each house, a number of open spaces have also been incorporated into the development to create green areas throughout the site.

Aaron Parradine added:

“Great Dunmow is a thriving little town in Essex and Woodlands Park has been instrumental in helping to expand the community. The site is perfectly located – with Stansted Airport just a short distance away – and for those wanting to commute to London, the development is ideal.”

Woodlands Park, Great Dunmow, Essex , NHBC Awards 2012

EJ Taylor & Sons is the main contractor on Woodlands Park Sector 2 Phases Three and Four, whilst John Finch Partnership is the architect. Tiling Ltd is providing all of the internal ceramic wall and floor tiles on the project, which will be used within all bathrooms and kitchens. Tiling Ltd has been involved with the Woodlands Park development from the beginning and will continue supplying tiles for the foreseeable future.

Tiling Ltd Company Director, Paul Freeman, said:

“We have been involved with this site since its inception and we have seen Woodlands Park win quite a number of awards in this time.

“It is great to be involved once again with another award-winning Sector on this development and we look forward to continuing our involvement with each new unit.”

Specialist painters and decorators KD & Z Waller Painters & Decorators has been involved with the Woodlands Park development for more than ten years. Since starting on the site the company has completed internal and external painting and decorating works on each housing unit.

KD & Z Waller Painters & Decorators Company Director, Tom Waller, said:

“Woodlands Park is a great site to be involved with. Everything is expertly organised – which is refreshing to see – and we are proud to be a part of the team.”

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