The Limes at Leybourne Chase proves the perfect place for Laura and John
When first-time buyers John and Laura discovered The Limes at Leybourne Chase, they immediately knew that the development would be their ideal home.
The couple, Laura and John, (both aged 30), were impressed with the high-quality craftsmanship of the new-build properties at our development and moved from a modest one-bedroom flat into their stunning four-bedroom ‘Kent’ house in June this year.
Laura says: “John and I are both very environmentally conscious so we wanted to have a sustainably built and energy efficient home and we knew we were much less likely to achieve this with an older property.”
“We value preserving the natural environment and we wanted to move with a housebuilder that would keep these ethical values in mind throughout the building process. The Limes really ticked all the boxes for us as Taylor Wimpey have chosen to build the entire development to the national Home Quality Mark standard. This gave us the confidence that we were purchasing a home that is beautifully constructed, cost-effective and designed to exceed our expectations.”
With their new home overlooking a picturesque rural landscape, Laura and John are happy that we have made wildlife and plant conservation a priority when building in the area.
Laura explains: “Taylor Wimpey has really assessed the impact on the environment and every aspect of the development has been carefully planned and considered.
“They’ve worked hard to keep the established trees and I think that really adds to the unique character of The Limes. Even the trail going around the development has beautiful wild flowers maintained along the path edges.”
She adds: “We’ve also got photovoltaic solar panels on our house which have helped us to save money on utilities, and it’s lovely to have the habitat box to provide a home to the local wildlife.”
Laura and John chose from a variety of design upgrades within our interior Options range, with the help of our dedicated Sales Executives at the development.
“We spent many Saturdays in the showhome to gain an insight into what we wanted from our home, as putting our own stamp on the ‘Kent’ was something we were really looking forward to,” Laura adds. “So by the time we were in our interior Options meeting, John and I both were very clear on what we wanted for our new house and the Sales Executives were very accommodating of our ideas.”
The new homeowners felt reassured by our staff who guided them through each stage of the home buying process.
Laura says: “Speaking to the Taylor Wimpey staff felt as if we were calling our friends! As first-time buyers, we really felt as if they looked after us very well – Laura and Debbie, the Sales Executives, took great care in explaining the buying process clearly every step of the way.
“Suzanne, who handles post-purchase care, was amazing and really helped us settle in, while Craig the Site Manager doesn’t hesitate to offer to help us with whatever we need and give us DIY advice too. They feel just as much a part of the community as our neighbours!”
Now John and Laura are enjoying their new lives at The Limes and are looking forward to a very bright future in their brand new home.
Laura says: “I’m very happy that John and I have found a wonderful sense of community at The Limes.”
Our Eggstravaganza campaign helped a children’s hospice in Sittingbourne!
We helped Demelza Hospice Care for Children in Sittingbourne to spread a little Easter cheer after donating 78 Easter eggs.
The charity, which has two hospices – Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza South East London in Eltham – offers expert one-to-one care to children up to the age of 19.
The donation was all part of our national Eggstravaganza Campaign during which Taylor Wimpey employees donated Easter eggs to charities, homeless shelters and foodbanks across the UK.
Emma Middleton, Head of Events at Demelza Hospice Care for Children, says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this kind donation.
“It was great to be able to provide Easter eggs for the children and families we care for and they really appreciated the gesture.
“We’re tried to collect as many eggs as possible from our supporters for a range of fun Easter activities which took place over the holiday period, and this donation was a fantastic contribution to that.”
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “As a considerate, responsible housebuilder we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes.
“Demelza Hospice Care for Children does such a vital job within the local area and we were really pleased to be able to support it.
“We hope our Easter gift helped to make everyone receiving care at the hospice, and their families, feel included in the festivities over the holiday weekend.”
Our donation helps hospice charity for children
Demelza Hospice Care for Children has received a donation from us to help provide vital care for seriously ill babies and children.
We have donated £500 to the charity to help fund expert nurses and care assistants who support children with life‑limiting or life‑threatening conditions.
Claire Ellis-Waghorn, Acting Director of Voluntary Income at Demelza, says: “As a charity, and not part of the NHS, we must raise over £10.5 million each year to continue providing care to families living in East Sussex, Kent and South East London.
“Taylor Wimpey’s kind gesture will ensure that Demelza can be there from the start, during day‑to‑day family life, times of crisis, and bereavement – not just for children and their parents, but for the wider family too. Every year we deliver this specialist care to hundreds of babies, children and young people.”
The charity has two hospices – Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza SEL in Eltham – where children up to the age of 19 receive expert, one-to-one care. This includes respite and symptom management, as well as life-enhancing therapies and facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool and a soft play room.
In East Sussex, the charity offers a hospice at home service, providing care and support in the comfort of a child’s own home.
Claire adds: “Taylor Wimpey has previously donated some of their showhome furniture to one of our charity shops and approached us to offer further support. We’re extremely grateful as it helps validate the work the hospice does in caring for special children.”
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We’re honoured to be able to help Demelza Hospice Care for Children and support this wonderful charity and the fantastic work it does.
“It’s very important to us that we support the communities where we build our new homes, and helping the hospice to continue providing its services can make a difference to so many local children and their families.”
Thomas highlights the benefits of our Production Academy!
As one of the UK’s leading housebuilders, we are constantly developing our employees through various incentives and training programmes.
Our most recent venture – the fantastic new Production Academy training programme – encourages site-based production teams to build a proud legacy based on quality and customer satisfaction.
Launched in August 2016, our Production Academy is a structured learning and development programme, aligned to job levels and career paths, which has been specifically designed to enhance the skills of our site management teams who have responsibility for managing our housing developments across the UK.
Thomas Church (25) – Assistant Site Manager at The Limes – was one of the first employees to be enrolled in the Production Academy in August 2016.
Thomas has recently completed the NVQ Level 4 in Construction Supervision module as part of the developer’s exciting initiative. He says: “I first joined Taylor Wimpey in March 2015 as an Assistant Site Manager and when I heard about their new Production Academy I was keen to get involved.
“The additional training has definitely helped me to develop my skills within the sector and taught me better ways of organising,” continues Thomas.
Employees completing the initiative will gain a Taylor Wimpey Production Diploma (TWPD), a recognised qualification made up of an enhanced National Vocation Qualification (NVQ) supplemented by key training modules. As they progress in their careers, our employees can develop through the Academy to the next level and work towards enhancing their qualifications.
We have selected the NHBC (National House Building Council) – an accredited provider in conjunction with Edexcel – as the training provider and assessor for the enhanced NVQ.
Thomas adds: “The Production Academy will definitely benefit my career in the long run. Not only does it look good on my CV, but it has also helped me to develop as an individual.
“Looking to the future, I think the only way now is up! I’d like to complete my NVQ Level 6 next.”
We snap to it and support campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in West Malling to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn by supporting Walk to School Month, which takes place every October.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way to school, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied 100 high-visibility snap bands to Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase in West Malling for its pupils to wear. The donation is part of a campaign that will see more than 13,000 snap bands provided to children across the country.
According to Living Streets, the charity that organises the Walk to School campaign in the UK, only 21% of boys and 16% of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise (60 minutes of physical activity).
A generation ago, 70% of youngsters walked to school, but now it’s less than half – and during morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.*
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are proud to be supporting Walk to School Month again this year and are delighted to be working in partnership with Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase to help encourage families to leave the car at home and set off for school on foot instead.
“Walking is a great habit for youngsters to get into early in life, so we hope our snap bands will add some fun to the journey to school, as well as keeping them safe on the way.”
Vanessa Homewood, Headteacher at Valley Invicta Primary School at Leybourne Chase, says: “Children really do benefit from walking to school – not only is the exercise healthy for them, but it also helps reduce the amount of traffic outside school, which is safer for them too.
“We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month among pupils and parents alike.”
* Source: www.livingstreets.org.uk