Young artists give a warm welcome at Wellington Park
Pupils with a flair for artistry have been helping to design a welcoming message for residents at Wellington Park.
We called on Year 1 and Year 2 students at nearby Berewood Primary School to design their own ‘Welcome Home’ cards.
Behind the winning design was Year 2 pupil Zac, who was awarded a £30 National Book Tokens gift card. Savannah in Year 1 was named runner-up in the contest and earned a gift card worth £20.
A further £200 in book tokens was donated by us as a thank you to the entire school for helping out.
Roz Wells, Associate Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, says: “I would like to say a massive thank you to all those from Berewood Primary School who took part in our ‘Welcome Home’ card competition.
“All the entries we received were absolutely fantastic, so picking a winner was a really tricky task, but in the end, we decided that Zac’s design was the perfect greeting. Well done everyone and keep up the creativity!”
Sue Patrick, Headteacher at Berewood Primary School, says: “We are very happy to have taken part in Taylor Wimpey’s ‘Welcome Home’ card competition for their Wellington Park development.
“Our pupils are also looking forward to welcoming any new children who move to the development and attend our school.
“I’d like to say thank you to Taylor Wimpey for including Berewood Primary School in this competition, and for providing the prizes for the winners.”
Part exchange paves the way for Martyn and Kelly
“We lived in our old property for around 12 years and decided to move because we wanted more space.
“We liked the idea of a new-build property as it gives us peace of mind – it’s covered by warranty and with a new boiler and everything like that we’re less likely to have any major problems.
“We really liked the look of the ‘Catherington’ and it definitely ticked all of the boxes for us. It’s a nice and compact property yet the interior living space is open-plan, which we liked, plus we have the en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom.
“The entire house suited all of our needs – we now have a spare bedroom and a garage outside, so it was the perfect choice for us.
“The Part Exchange scheme allowed us to make a smooth transition from our old property. It would have been do-able without the initiative, but it would definitely have been more difficult without Taylor Wimpey’s help.
“The town of Waterlooville is great – we have everything we need nearby including shops and good travel links.
“We’re really enjoying living here. The Taylor Wimpey staff were really helpful throughout the entire process – Sue and Oliver in the sales office were particularly good.”
Martyn Lewis and Kelly Humphries, residents at Wellington Park
New care and commercial facilities are coming soon to Wellington Park
Full planning permission is now in place for a brand new nursing home and an extra care facility at Wellington Park, with construction due to start in Spring 2015.
The exciting new facilities are being delivered by The Highwood Group and leading local care provider Hartford Care, and will include an 80-bedroom nursing home development along with 50 extra care apartments to meet local demand for high-quality, affordable residential care.
Work on the nursing home is due to start in April 2015 and construction on the extra care facility will get under way in May 2015. Both projects are expected to take around a year to complete.
Meanwhile, the new commercial/retail units at Wellington Park are now built and these will be marketed to potential occupiers in January 2015. There has been interest in renting the units from a convenience store, a hairdresser and a tanning salon, and further details will be provided once deals have been agreed.
The new nursing home and extra care facility are shown below.
A computer generated image of the new extra care facility, viewed from Hambledon Road
A site plan of the new extra care facility
A site plan of the new nursing home
We help pupils stay safe on the school run
Sales Executive Sue Randall with Teacher Vicki Broadbridge and pupils from Berewood Primary School.
We provided 28 high-visibility slap bands to encourage reception class pupils at Berewood Primary School in Waterlooville to walk to school – and help keep them safe on the journey during the dark winter months.
Headteacher, Sue Patrick, says: “We encourage the children to walk to school to promote a healthier lifestyle and to reduce traffic outside the school. We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of walking to school among pupils and parents alike.”
The Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our high-quality new homes, which is why we have donated slap bands to Berewood Primary School.
“We understand that family life can be busy, but we hope our contribution will help inspire families to swap the car for a safe walk to school instead.”
Taylor Wimpey Donation Benefits Young Readers On World Book Day
Taylor Wimpey has donated £125 of books to children at Mill Hill Primary School in Waterlooville to celebrate World Book Day.
The leading housebuilder, which is building new homes at its Wellington Park development in Waterlooville, is giving away the books to the school library as part of the national event which aims to encourage children to enjoy reading.
Peter Leonard, Head of School at Mill Hill Primary School, says: “We encourage our pupils to read as often as they can, either in class or at home with their families. This generous donation from Taylor Wimpey means we can add to the choice of books on offer in our school library, which is fantastic news for our eager young readers!”
The 17th annual World Book Day took place on Thursday 6th March to celebrate authors, illustrators and books, and to get more children reading.
The Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our high-quality new homes, and this donation is an excellent example of the way we can help schools and other local organisations.
“By making this donation of books to the school, we hope it will encourage the children to develop a real passion for reading and that they will carry this love of books into adulthood.”
"We wanted somewhere to call our own"
“My partner Kane and I were renting before but wanted somewhere to call our own and decorate it to our own tastes. I also wanted to be closer to my mum, who lives in Waterlooville, so Wellington Park was perfect.
“Kane is studying in Westminster so needs good links to London and I hope to be working in Southampton after I have finished my course.
“We used the NewBuy incentive, which allowed us to take out a 95% mortgage and make everything more affordable. Without it we would not have been able to afford such a great property.”
Anthony Eneas, Wellington Park resident
Country life proves ideal for David and Zoe
“We wanted to get out of the city and move into a larger house in a more rural location.
“We were completely against new builds at first. But we were driving past the development at Wellington Park one day and thought we’d just pop in and compare it to what we’d been looking at, and to see what we could get for our money.
“We were really impressed with what we saw – the property we looked at was the right size for the right price, and very light and airy. We loved the impressive staircase in the hallway that made for a very grand opening to the house, and when we saw the large kitchen/diner it was enough to make us change our minds.
“We used the Part Exchange scheme to buy our new house and it went perfectly. Taylor Wimpey sent a couple of estate agents round for a valuation, and a couple of days later the sales centre called with a good offer.
“We didn’t expect it to go that quickly, especially as we hadn’t made a firm decision to buy at that point. But the offer was very good so we went back to the sales office at Wellington Park, looked at the options and reserved the plot.
“There’s a lovely old oak tree just outside our front door that gives the house real character. It was protected by a preservation order so they had to build around it and it looks really nice.
“The outside of the house was designed in a farmhouse style, giving it an old-fashioned look that fits in with the locality as there’s a stream opposite so we get a lot of wildlife – I’ve seen owls, herons, all kinds of birds, so there’s a nice country feel about it.
“We decided to upgrade the kitchen as that’s a room we spend a lot of time in. We ordered granite worktops, upgraded the floor tiles and appliances. It was really easy – we just specified what we wanted and Taylor Wimpey made it so it was all ready for us when we moved in.
“The development is right on the edge of Waterlooville so there’s a short walk to the shops in town, but in the other direction is proper countryside where we love walking Juno, our Jack Russell dog.
“Wellington Park is a fantastic place to live, there are all the amenities we need close by while at the same time it feels like we’re in the country, so we get the best of both worlds.”
David Noble and Zoe Atkins, residents at Wellington Park.
Couple discovers dream home just around the corner
“We love it at Wellington Park, it’s been brilliant for us. We’re surrounded by fields and it’s quiet so it feels like you’re in the countryside. And with the space and all the different styles of houses, it’s a nice place to live.
“We were basically looking to move from our Wellington Park maisonette into a two-bedroom house, but we found we could afford a four-bedroom house, which really surprised us.
“The Sales Manager at Wellington Park was amazing – we trusted her from the last time we moved – and she was the one who explained we could afford a bigger house. We used the Part Exchange scheme so we didn’t have to worry about selling at all, which was good.
“We love the size of our new home, and it’s nice to have a garden. We were able to choose all the options – like carpets and tiles – ourselves. I like our fitted kitchen, and my husband likes the staircase, the way it spirals round!
“It’s an exciting time for us – we’re doing a lot of things at the same time. I finished teaching last Friday, and the baby’s due in one-and-a-half weeks, and then a few weeks after that we move house.”
Kayleigh and Mark Pendry, residents at Wellington Park