We support local community garden in Musselburgh
We have teamed up with local community charity Dadswork in Musselburgh to help it to achieve one of its key ambitions to create a community garden. The David Drysdale Community Garden will be officially opened on 30 June, 2017 with an event to thank all supporters, sponsors and partners of the project.
We delivered 36 tonnes of top soil, a pallet of bricks, a pallet of breeze blocks, as well as cement for ongoing work, two tonnes of hard-core, and we gave the Dadswork team support throughout its remedial work programme to be able to cope and manage these important deliveries.
The David Drysdale Community Garden has created a safe space for the families of DadsWork - a charity in East Lothian supporting Fathers and Male Care Givers. The garden allows families the space to socialise with other families and learn new skills, grow fruit and vegetables and cook on-site with its newly-built pizza oven, BBQ and cooking stove.
Taylor Wimpey Apprentice Bricklayer proves he's the top level
Taylor Wimpey East Scotland is thrilled with the progress that apprentice bricklayer Jed Smith, aged 22 of Easthouses in Dalkeith, is making as the young apprentice adds a further industry award to his string of wins over the past two years.
This rising star has won first place in the Bricklaying WorldSkills UK National Qualifiers Competition 2016 placing him as number one in Scotland with his award recognised at a ceremony at The City of Glasgow College recently.
WorldSkills UK Competitions bring together apprentices and students from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill. Designed by industry experts, the competitions assess an individual’s knowledge, practical skills and employability attributes against a set of strict criteria. Competitions enable apprentices and students to develop world-class skills.
This latest award for Jed’s bricklaying skills follows a string of industry accolades over the last two years which includes winning the CITB Senior Brickwork Skillbuild 2016; securing the ‘Best 1st Year Brickwork Apprentice’ following the completion of his first year of training and apprenticeship at Edinburgh College, and first place in the 1st year apprentice bricklayer category at Skillbuild 2015.
Colin 'seals' success in NHBC Awards
Our site manager Colin McNeish has scooped a ‘Seal of Excellence’ in this year’s NHBC Pride in the Job Awards that positions him within the top ten site managers in Scotland and makes this development one of the top places to buy a new home. It follows his first NHBC Pride in the Job award for his outstanding work and leadership at Almond Park.
Colin’s delighted to have secured his first NHBC Pride in the Job Award and Seal of Excellence top ten position as he explains: “The NHBC Pride in the Job is quite an achievement and I’m delighted to have won it on my first development as site manager. This is an award which can only be achieved with the hard work and determination of the whole site team and their drive for excellence every day - without them I wouldn’t have this award. To have also secured a Seal of Excellence Award that places me within the top ten site managers in Scotland is just incredible, and I’m really happy.
“Almond Park has proven to be the location of choice for many families looking for a great family home – the whole development team is very proud to deliver what are considered to be some of the best new homes in Scotland.”