A major housing development project in Cornwall is beginning to take shape ahead of a scheduled completion by the end of the year. Lowenna Fields is a collection of bespoke 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes within a stone’s throw of the Cornish coast.
Created by Taylor Wimpey, the new development is a peaceful and inspiring environment catered towards modern living. The 46 plots include 8 flats and there is a 50% split between local affordable and private homes. The project has involved a number of complex elements and its continued progress owes much to the skill and expertise of the construction team currently on site.
This was recently recognised by the NHBC with a Pride In The Job Award for site manager Shaun Marsden. He spoke to Premier Construction about the win and the wider development:
“This is one of our premium sites because it is a very sought after location. The houses we’re building are of very high value, for example the most expensive is £650,000. It is a bespoke development for the area and each house has a unique feature. The materials we’re using are natural stone and slate and what we’re trying to do is a get a uniform look across the estate.
“It’s been a bit of an awkward project in that the location is a small village so getting materials onsite can be tricky but we’re halfway through and are on course for completion by the end of the year. We started building the show home on the 1st November 2016 and by Christmas this had been built along with the sales office and car park. When we came back in January the project picked up pace.
“The main challenge on the project so far has been space. We’ve had to maintain ease of access while having a crane sat in the middle of the road for every plot. The area we’re in also has some unpredictable weather patterns that we have to try and keep on top of.”
Building the bespoke houses has also proved tricky because they are the first of their kind so there is nowhere to look for guidance. Once built, however, the homes will be ideal to blend country life with modern living. They also have excellent energy efficiency meaning they are easy to maintain and have less of an impact on the family budget. Situated in the village of Mawnan, Lowenna Fields has excellent transport connections to the larger towns of Falmouth and Truro.
“Getting the build direction right to maximise selling and finishing has been very important. I designed it five times before coming up with the ideal solution at the end so when people move in there are no problems. We’ve got a new system in place which is a home quality inspection before customers are given the keys. The inspection has a 500 point checklist and if it fails then we can’t move the person in. It’s something we’re proud of at Taylor Wimpey and not many other developers are doing.
“There’s also a customer journey so I meet each buyer individually and chat to them for a couple of hours about their home and how it’s going to be built.
“This is the first NHBC Award I have won and it’s brilliant to have been recognised for my work. To win for my first Taylor Wimpey site is very special.”
Taylor Wimpey is one of the largest homebuilders in the UK operating 24 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales. Formed in 2007 by the merger of George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow, the company has operations in Spain as well as the UK. Taylor Wimpey builds a wide range of properties with a broad price range including both private and affordable homes. To find out more about Lowenna Fields or other Taylor Wimpey developments currently under construction, please visit taylorwimpey.co.uk.