Proud to support great local causes in Kilmarnock!
Walkers Grove Site Manager wins national housebuilding award
Colin Hurren, Site Manager Walkers Grove, is celebrating having won a prestigious national housebuilding award. Out of 16,000 entries, Colin has been honoured with a NHBC (National House Building Council) Pride in the Job Quality Award, which is the first quality award of his career.
The awards recognise an individual’s dedication to building high-quality homes for new homebuyers and are presented following a rigorous judging process by NHBC inspectors. This includes assessing the developments throughout the year, as well as spot checks, giving homebuyers the assurance that Walkers Grove development provides top-quality homes and excellent customer service.
Colin Hurren, Site Manager said: “I’m delighted to have won a Quality Award. It’s a fantastic honour, not just for me, but the whole team at Walkers Grove. They all work incredibly hard and take great pride in ensuring that the homes we build are completed to the highest possible standards.”
Brian Henderson, Production Director of Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, added: “We are committed to maintaining the highest levels of quality and customer service, and this recognition has ensured that we continue to be an NHBC award-winning housebuilder year after year. Colin’s first Quality Award is thoroughly deserved, and we’ll all be supporting him as he progresses through to the regional heats and hopefully to the grand final in London.”
School garden boost for Onthank Early Childhood Centre in Kilmarnock
We have recently donated a fun mud kitchen to Onthank Early Childhood Centre in Kilmarnock. The mud kitchen provides a boost to the school’s provision of an enhanced outdoor play space, and it will form a key part in the children’s learning for years to come.
Commenting on the support it has received from Taylor Wimpey, Agnes Galloway, Early Years Practitioner at Onthank Early Childhood Centre said: “We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey. We are in the process of creating a better playground and outdoor experience for our children to enjoy, and I would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Taylor Wimpey. Having a sturdy and substantial mud kitchen with a roof means that our children will be able to enjoy spending time playing outside – whatever the weather.”
We are delighted to offer our support as Kirsty McGill, Head of Sales adds: “We are proud to be able to support Onthank Early Childhood Centre with a new mud kitchen that adds to the children’s outdoor play experience. Building the facility was also a great opportunity for some of our young joiners to put their skills to good use too.
We are proud to leave a lasting legacy in Kilmarnock
Children from Onthank Early Childhood Centre in Kilmarnock have been getting green-fingered by planting 300 spring bulbs in the planters in their school garden.
We have donated 300 bulbs as part of our national Proud campaign to show our commitment and pride in leaving a lasting legacy in the communities in which we build.
The planting took place earlier this month and the bulbs are set to grow into a bright, floral tribute in the raised flowerbeds of the school garden. Sales executive Sharon Wightman from our local development at Walker’s Gate in Kilmarnock joined in with the planting.
Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: “We are proud to be building a new community at our Walker’s Gate development in Kilmarnock, and we want to leave places that both our customers and other local residents will enjoy long after we have finished building. We were thrilled to help children from Onthank Early Childhood Centre with the planting and we hope that the bulbs will grow into a lovely display that the children will admire in years to come.”
Agnes Galloway, Early Years Practitioner at Onthank Early Childhood Centre said: “It’s great to see a company like Taylor Wimpey think about the wider community while they are building in the local area, and leave something beautiful behind that will last for years to come. We all loved getting involved in this initiative from Taylor Wimpey, and having the opportunity to help with the planting of the bulbs. We can’t wait to see the results, which we will be able to enjoy every spring.”
We give a lesson in safety to local school children in Kilmarnock
Our team gave the local children of Hillhead Primary School in Kilmarnock some reminders about health and safety as production at our development of new homes at Walker’s Gate in Kilmarnock progresses.
This visit follows an earlier presentation to the children a few years ago, however with construction of its new homes continuing for a further phase in the very near future, we are keen to remind the children of the dangers associated with playing near any construction site. The team took the opportunity to raise the awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as construction work continues.
Being proactive with local schools has proven an effective deterrent in the past as Brian Henderson, Production Director explains: “Health and safety in and around our construction areas is of vital importance to Taylor Wimpey, and taking this type of proactive approach with local schools allows us to reinforce just how important it is for children to stay away from building sites, and it gives us the chance to remind the children that building sites are not playgrounds!”
Louise Muir is Acting Depute Head Teacher at Hillhead Primary School: “I was delighted to welcome Taylor Wimpey back into our school to highlight the dangers associated with children playing near any construction site. It is particularly helpful for the team to reinforce their safety message ahead of the summer school holidays when many of our pupils will be enjoying a break from the classroom.
“It’s great that Taylor Wimpey West Scotland understands the importance of our children’s safety, and has created such an interactive and proactive approach to appeal to our pupils.”
Young Readers in Kilmarnock Start a New Chapter Thanks to our Donation!
Children at Hillhead Primary School are looking forward to reading some fantastic new books, following our £250 donation to the school to fund new books for the school library.
It’s all part of World Book Day, a national event which aims to encourage children to enjoy reading, and which this year celebrates its 20th birthday.
Louise Muir, Acting Deputy Headteacher at Hillhead Primary, says: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey West Scotland for this kind donation.
“It’s great to be able to add to the choice of books on offer in our library for the children to read and it’s also really inspiring for them to see how much a business like Taylor Wimpey values reading.
“Our eager readers are now really looking forward to getting stuck into their new books!”
The 20th annual World Book Day takes place on Thursday 2nd March to celebrate authors, illustrators and books, and to get more children reading.
Audrey Ross, Regional Sales and Marketing Director adds: “Reading is such an important skill, as well as being great fun, so we are delighted to be making this donation to support Hillhead Primary School.
“It’s a great example of the way we are committed to supporting schools and other local organisations within the communities in which we build our new homes. We hope the children really enjoy these new books!”
Our further support adds flight to Adam Hall's badminton ambition!
Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has continued its support for one of Scotland’s budding young badminton stars, Adam Hall (aged 20) from Mauchline in Ayrshire, by providing a further sponsorship of £500 to this talented young sportsman who has set his sights on representing Scotland in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Adam has been playing badminton since he was four years old, and he has now relocated to Milton Keynes and is part of the GB full-time programme and is training with recent Olympic medalists Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge
He has also won his first senior international title in Iceland and has represented Scotland at senior level being unbeaten at the recent European Championships. He has been targeted by commentators as the player to watch for future Great Britain Olympic teams.
Adam has to rely on sponsorship to play in tournaments all over Europe, as he explains: “I need sponsorship to be able to help finance my travel to tournaments in order to be able to play in the tournaments that get me rankings, so I’m incredibly grateful for the continued support that Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has been able to give me.
“I’m really passionate about badminton and I’m really focussed on getting into the Scotland squad for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, but I’m also keen to encourage children to get involved in Badminton so I also coach younger players in the evening so it’s great to be completely immersed in this sport.”
Audrey Ross, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, which is currently building new homes at its Walker’s Gate development in Kilmarnock where Adam’s dad is a kitchen fitter, says: “We’re delighted to continue our support of Adam, and we wish him every success with his goal of representing Scotland at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.”