It was all about the personal touch for first time buyers Rob Knowles and Holly-Jane Kershaw, when they purchased a four-bedroom Taylor Wimpey home at Pennington Wharf, in Leigh.
Holly comments: “I’m very creative but, because we previously lived in rented accommodation, wasn’t able to express this fully at home.
“We were ready to purchase a home together so we started to look at new build properties straight away to make sure we could put our own stamp on things.”
Holly hails from the north west, so she and London-born Rob started looking into new build options around Leigh and were delighted to discover Pennington Wharf. It was in an area they already knew well and liked, thanks to the surrounding features such as the country park, canal and marina.
“The whole development has a lovely feel to it and the design of the houses and quality of the show homes sealed the deal for us,” comments Rob.
The couple had another pleasant surprise in store however, when they discovered just how much space they could afford.
Rob explains: “We used the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme, which meant that we could secure our new home with just a five per cent deposit. This meant that we were able to go for a larger style and had more money to spend on the personal touches we’d dreamed about.
“The whole process was so easy - we felt an immediate connection with Taylor Wimpey’s personal approach, the team was so flexible with our completion and moving dates. Everything went smoothly - apart from the huge heart shaped mirror I bought that wouldn’t fit in the car!
“Thankfully it is now well and truly settled in our fantastic new home - just like us.”
It was all about the personal touch for first time buyers Rob Knowles and Holly-Jane Kershaw
Homebuilder encourages Leigh locals to support food bank
Pennington Wharf is calling on Leigh locals to take part in a community food drive in support of The Brick. Homeless charity, The Brick, has worked with people in Wigan and Leigh since 2008 and provides advice and support for families and individuals in crisis whether they’ve been affected by domestic violence, homelessness or debt.
Janet Mitchell, fundraising and business engagement manager at The Brick, said: “We’re thankful to Taylor Wimpey for hosting this food bank. It will have a huge impact on the lives of local people in the run up to a time of the year that can be difficult for many.
"We’re looking for donations of tinned goods, dry products such as cereal, pasta, rice and sauce mixes as well as tea, coffee and biscuits. We will also need milk formula, nappies and toiletries - whatever people are able to donate will be greatly received.”
The food bank, has been running from 16th November to 14th December, and is located inside the Pennington Wharf sales office.
The charity’s food bank is the largest in the Wigan area and distributes more than 10,000 every year with the number expected to reach more than 12,000 by the end of 2017.
Sales Executive Ashley with Janet Mitchell from The Brick Charity.
Chloe Dunn, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Manchester, comments: “The number of people turning to food banks is rising year on year and it’s important that we support those who find themselves in this devastating situation.
“We know that Pennington Wharf and the surrounding area has a strong community and I’m sure that they’ll pull together to donate as much as they can to support those less fortunate than themselves.
“The Brick is a great charity that does so much for so many. We’ll also be showing our support by collecting donations at our head office.
“I’d encourage anyone who’d like to donate to bring as much as they can down to the Pennington Wharf development over the next few weeks and hopefully we can really make a difference to the less fortunate members of our community.”
Taylor Wimpey Backs Leigh Centurions
Taylor Wimpey Manchester, is showing its support of the local community by becoming associate match day sponsor for Leigh Centurions RLFC’s game against Batley.
The match took place on 1st May at Leigh Sports Village.
Matthew Chantler, CEO at Leigh Centurions, says: “It is fantastic to be welcoming a company of Taylor Wimpey’s stature to our game with Batley. It is a great opportunity for them to become involved in the club and to also showcase and promote their exciting development at Pennington Wharf.
Leigh Centurions v's Batley in action
“We thank them for their support and look forward to working with them as partners.”
The rugby club is based just a short distance from Taylor Wimpey’s Pennington Wharf development, which currently features a range of three and four-bedroom homes, available from £171,995. The homebuilder is also set to launch a range of one and two-bedroom apartments at the scheme in the coming weeks.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “A number of this year’s squad actually live at our Pennington Wharf development, and they even helped us to open our show homes!
“We have a fantastic relationship with the team and therefore we jumped at the chance to become a key sponsor and support them in this match.”
For further information on Taylor Wimpey’s Pennington Wharf development, please visit the Sales Information Centre, open seven days a week, between 11am and 5pm or call 01942 366 417. Alternatively, log onto www.taylorwimpey.co.uk
November 2015 - Homebuilder sends Santa overseas
Taylor Wimpey Manchester is thrilled to announce that it will be supporting Teams4U’s Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for 2015, by encouraging families in Wigan to donate necessities to families in Eastern Europe this festive season.
The homebuilder’s Leigh-based Pennington Wharf development, will act as shoe box drop-off points between the 16th and 20th November this year - to enable families in the region to give something back to those less fortunate in time for Christmas.
Ziz York, project co-ordinator at Teams4U, comments: “It’s amazing to have the support from a company as renowned as Taylor Wimpey, so we cannot thank the team enough.
“We’re asking people to donate necessities such as toothbrushes, soap, hats and scarves, as well as a few nice-to-haves that many of us take for granted such as sweets, games, and toys. In addition to the children’s boxes, we have our ‘Mama Boxes’ – for these we’re asking for home essentials such as small saucepans, plastic utensils, cups and bowls.”
This year is the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal’s 25th anniversary, so Teams4U is set to provide 25,000 boxes to vulnerable families across Eastern Europe. The charity is also asking people to make a small donation of £2 per box they submit, which will cover the cost of transportation.
Chloe Dunn, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “The Christmas Shoe Box Appeal is an incredible initiative and one we’re only too happy to be supporting.
“Our Wigan-based developments will be open for drop-offs for the last two weeks of November, and we’re anticipating lots of locals to offer their support for this amazing and worthwhile cause.”
Taylor Wimpey’s Pennington Wharf development is based on Plank Lane, in Leigh. The development is open Thursday to Monday, between 11am and 5pm.
Ziz concludes: “We would like to thank the team at Taylor Wimpey for this support, it truly is much appreciated. We’re confident that with this help, we will achieve our ambitious target to supply 25,000 boxes this year.” For further information about Taylor Wimpey’s developments in the region, please visit www.taylorwimpey.co.uk. To find out more about the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, log onto www.teams4u.com.
September 2015 - Firs Lane Roadworks
We apologise for any disruption caused by the three-way traffic lights on Firs Lane.
August 2015 - Beekeeper creates a buzz at Pennington Wharf
The children of Squirrels Children’s Day Nursery attended an educational talk on protecting the environment for bees at Taylor Wimpey’s Pennington Wharf development, in Leigh, on Monday 17th August. Delivered by local beekeeper, Susan Webster, the activity was in aid of raising awareness of the reasons why bees have become endangered and the various ways in which people can help protect the environment for bees.
Nicola Blacker, nursery manager at Squirrels Children’s Day Nursery, comments: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the beekeeper activity at Pennington Wharf, and definitely took a lot of invaluable knowledge away on the importance of protecting bees.
Squirrels Day Nursery enjoying the beekeeping event
“Both the experience and the beekeeper were great. The props - in particular the observation hive and the veil, were a lot of fun, and everybody had a fantastic time.”
Squirrels Children’s Day Nursery provides key early years learning and development, for children in the region, up to the age of five.
Chloe Dunn, associate sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, explains: “Protecting the environment is at the forefront of our ethos, which is why we have made the majority of our show home gardens bee-friendly. We’re thrilled that the nursery enjoyed the experience and hope to work with them in the not-too-distant future.”
Squirrels Children’s Day Nursery is based just a short distance from Taylor Wimpey’s Pennington Wharf.
Nicola concluded: “I would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for inviting us to the development and for the whole experience.”
May 2015 - Pennington Wharf asks for artistic input
Pennington Wharf is inviting the residents of Leigh to submit ideas for a unique piece of art, which is to be commissioned and displayed at its landmark Pennington Wharf development on Plank Lane. We are appealing to the local community to put forward their ideas for the piece before the 19th June 2015, to be in with the chance of seeing their suggestion come to life and winning £100 worth of shopping vouchers.
Chloe Dunn, associate sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester, comments: “We want to get a great piece of art commissioned for our Pennington Wharf development and are asking for the help of the public. The winning piece should be inspired by Leigh so who better to ask than the people who live here? Whether it’s based on the town’s history or its scenery, and whatever form it takes, be it a sculpture or a painting, we want to hear your ideas.”
When complete, Pennington Wharf will feature 471 homes and a 40 berth marina. The development is expected to progress over eight years, meaning that the piece of art has the potential to be seen by thousands.
Chloe continues: “We have high hopes that the people of Leigh will have some fantastic ideas, so cannot wait to see what is put forward. The winner will be chosen shortly after the competition closes on the 19th June, so put your ideas forward as soon as possible to be in with the chance of winning.”
To submit your ideas to Taylor Wimpey, please email SalesTW.Manchester@taylorwimpey.com
March 2015 - Help to buy with a little help from my friends
The government-backed Help to Buy scheme is attracting buyers at all ends of the property market in Leigh, with leading homebuilder Taylor Wimpey reporting an uptake in friend recommendations.
Friends, and new neighbours, Mike Taylor and Stephen Griffiths recently moved to the developer’s award-winning
New Pennington Wharf residents
Pennington Wharf home scheme with their partners – and both credit the scheme for enabling them to progress on the property ladder, with a much smaller deposit.
Mike, who moved with his wife Carissa, explains: “Help to Buy has been amazing! It removed any struggle of trying to save a deposit down the traditional route; and enabled us to finally move to a bigger home.”
Stephen on the other hand, recently moved with his partner Nicola Rance, and they were able to utilise the scheme to finally get onto the property ladder.
Stephen explains: “The best thing about Help to Buy, is that it really took the stress away from buying our first home, and provided us with a safety net to spend on the necessities such as furniture and appliances.”
Help to Buy is available on all homes at Pennington Wharf, and gives eligible buyers the chance to secure a new home with only a five per cent deposit; while also having access to a 20 per cent equity loan.
Chloe Dunn, associate sales director at Taylor Wimpey Manchester comments: “The vast majority of our buyers at Pennington Wharf have used Help to Buy – and it’s great in the sense that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-time buyer or a family looking to upsize, as you could be eligible no matter what level of the market you are at.
“It’s fantastic that so many people are recognising the wider benefits of the scheme and encouraging family and friends to take advantage of it.”
All homes at Pennington Wharf, are a code four in sustainability; meaning they have 44 per cent lower CO2 emissions than the minimum requirement.
Mike continues: “The service we have received from Taylor Wimpey has been fantastic – and we cannot wait to see the plans for the whole development come together.”
January 2015 - Pennington Wharf development wins CEEQUAL award
The Pennington Wharf development in Leigh has been given a CEEQUAL award for its pioneering sustainable design. Andy
Andy Burnham & HCA meet Taylor Wimpey Residents
Burnham MP, Wigan Council members and the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) joined builders Taylor Wimpey and new residents at a presentation in one of the new homes on site last week.
The development will create 471 high-quality, sustainable and spacious 2, 3 & 4 bedroom homes over next 8 years, as well as a range of community buildings, a superb new marina, café, community centre, office and plans for a family pub and shop. All of the homes at the unprecedented development will meet sustainability code four, meaning that their CO2 emissions will be 44% lower than the minimum requirement - and new homeowners at the development also benefit from recycling capacity and a shed.
The Pennington Wharf site is built on land formerly occupied by Bickershaw colliery, which closed in 1992 and transferred under a lease to Taylor Wimpey from the HCA in April 2014. £18m has been spent establishing a suitable site for mixed use redevelopment. The HCA spent £18m carrying out large-scale remediation and infrastructure works, which enabled the site to be transferred to Taylor Wimpey. The HCA then worked hard with its stakeholders to ensure a viable scheme was progressed through planning, with consent granted in November 2013.
Deborah McLaughlin, the HCA’s Executive Director in the North West, said: “I am delighted that Pennington Wharf has won a CEEQUAL award. This would not have been achieved without ourselves, Taylor Wimpey and our other partners working together closely to ensure that the development would meet strict sustainability criteria. It is a testament to all of the fantastic work that has been done - thank you to everyone involved, whose effort and attention to detail has achieved these high standards.”