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Family keep move local with Taylor Wimpey and take an easy step up the ladder
While the McKechnie family craved more space to grow into and they wanted to replace their old new-build property with a larger model, they also wanted to make sure that meant their move would have as little impact as possible on their family life in Coatbridge.
A visit to Burnside was the answer to their perfect family move – a larger home with space for everyone, all within easy reach of the clubs and activities for their children.
It was a win-win situation as Gillian McKechnie, a full-time foster carer explains: “Our girls are nine years old and we just needed more space for everyone. The girls’ old bedrooms were just too small so we wanted to find a property that would give everyone the space we all needed. But, staying local was also really important for us. We wanted the girls to be able to go to the same school, have the same classes and continue their out-of-school activities.
“Coatbridge is a fantastic location for us, and we didn’t want to change that – just our old house. It is ideal for getting access to the motorway for Robert to get to work, and we have everything that we need around us. It is really central and home for us.
“We fell in love with the layout and space in the four bedroom detached Hume and its position on the development, so we decided to go for it. The girls absolutely adore having their own Jack and Jill en suite between their bedrooms, and they take great pride in showing it off to our friends and family when they come to visit.”
Buying another new home was also an important decision for the family as Gillian adds: “I really like a new-build house. You also know they will be built to a very high standard, and the various warranties and guarantees gives you peace of mind too. We’re also a very busy family, so being able to move-in and have no DIY or maintenance is really important to us too. And we love the fact that no-one has used anything before us!”
The family used Taylor Wimpey’s Easymover scheme, which helped them to get on the move as Robert, a workshop controller, adds: “We found Easymover really easy to use and it helped us to find a buyer for our old house really quickly. The estate agent that we chose from those provided by Taylor Wimpey was very proactive and they had viewings for us within a few days. Our old house sold within one weekend, and the team at Taylor Wimpey made the whole process really stress-free for us.”
Getting to know the neighbours and being part of a new community has so far been really good fun as Gillian adds: “We are really enjoying life here. There’s a really sociable group of neighbours and we have already had a few get togethers, which is lovely. And, the children are starting to go out to play in the street, which is great especially as the lighter nights are coming in. It’s brilliant to see everyone getting on so well and our little community growing.”
We Give Funding To St Andrews High School For Eco Art Project
As part of our ongoing commitment to working in partnership with local communities, we have recently provided £500 of funding to St Andrews High School in Coatbridge. The funding will go towards materials and support for an environmental art project in school.
Around 16 S4 pupils are taking part in the project, which will see them create an awareness of video of the devastating effects that plastic is having on the environment. The intention is for the video to be played in school and shared on social media. The pupils will also create an appeal to collect plastic bottles, which they will then use to make large pieces of artwork to be displayed around their school.
Commenting on the support it has received from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Chris Shaw, Principal Teacher of Attainment from St Andrews High School said: “We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey and we can’t thank them enough for their generous donation. In order for our pupils to be able to complete this project, we need to supply a range of materials such as plywood sheets, paint, and brushes.
“This boost and support from Taylor Wimpey will mean we can create some impressive pieces of artwork, and I am really looking forward to seeing how our pupils can transform useless plastic bottles into interesting and hopefully useful structures.
“On behalf of everyone at St Andrews High School, I would like to say a huge thank you to the team at Taylor Wimpey.”
Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: “We are proud to be able to support St Andrews High School with funding towards its eco art project, and we are really looking forward to seeing how this project evolves. The work we do is a lot more than just building high-quality homes. Being able to work with local businesses and organisations that surround our developments like Burnside View in Bargeddie means a great deal to us, and it’s great to know that we are helping to make a difference to the lives of people in local communities.”
Our donation to St Andrews High School in Coatbridge is one of the many contributions being made by the housebuilder towards community facilities and infrastructure in the wider area.
We Lend A Hand In Community Clean-up in Bargeddie
As part of our commitment to the local community of Bargeddie, five members of the local West Scotland team joined in the local effort to clean-up The Luggie Walkway, which runs nearby from our Burnside View sales information centre to the Kirkwood Sports Barn. As well as a helping hand at the event, we also donated £500 to the project, which aims to rejuvenate the walkway.
The team really enjoyed rolling their sleeves up and getting being part of a great community effort as Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director adds: “Every year we build new homes and communities that people want to live in, and we’re passionate about playing our part in the local communities around our developments.
“The Kirkwood Community Council initiative to clean-up The Luggie Walkway was an opportunity for members of our team to give their personal time to support a great local initiative that eventually everyone will benefit from. Hopefully our cash boost will also go some way to providing some additional planting for the area when the time is right to enhance the area further.”
The local community regularly uses the walkway but it has become neglected over the years. Through the support from the community and various organisations working together, its transformation is now underway as Richard O’Hara, Chairman of the Kirkwood Community Council adds: “We’re grateful of the support that we’ve received from everyone for this event. There was a tremendous effort across both days, and we’ve certainly made a real difference to the appearance of some of the pathway already.
“Overall, it’s a large area that we need to tackle and we may need a series of events to finally achieve our ambition to completely clear the path, but it’s great to get our campaign off to such a positive start with everyone who got involved, including the team at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.”
We Give Lesson in Safety to Local School Children in Bargeddie
We recently gave the local children of Bargeddie Primary School in the village of Bargeddie near Coatbridge some reminders about health and safety.
With construction of new homes at the local Burnside View development in full swing, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland was keen to promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site and to take the opportunity to raise awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as the building of its new homes progresses.
Being proactive with local schools has proven an effective deterrent in the past as Brian Henderson, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland explains: “Health and safety in and around our construction areas is of vital importance to Taylor Wimpey. 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!”
Gillian Brady, Headteacher at Bargeddie Primary School adds: “I was delighted to welcome the team from Taylor Wimpey into our school to highlight the dangers associated with children playing near any construction site. It was the ideal opportunity for them to reinforce their safety message ahead of the school holidays when many of our pupils will be enjoying their time away from the classroom.
“It’s great that Taylor Wimpey understands the importance of our children’s safety, and has created such an interactive and proactive approach to appeal to our pupils.”
We Offer Our Support For Community Clean-up In Bargeddie
As part of our commitment to the local community of Bargeddie, we have provided a £500 boost to the fundraising efforts of the Kirkwood Community Council’s Community clean-up of The Luggie Walkway on 2 and 3 June 2018.
As well as this generous cash boost, up to eight members of our team will roll-up their sleeves to join the local community event that aims clear up and rejuvenate the walkway, which runs nearby from our Burnside View sales information centre to the Kirkwood Sports Barn.
The Kirkwood Community Council is encouraging as many people as possible to join them from 10am each day to help with the clean-up. Volunteers will be provided with the appropriate safety equipment to complete the tasks of litter picking, grass clearing and general tidying of the area. There will also be some entertainment throughout the day to ensure it is a fun day for everyone.
It is great to be able to lend this offer of support to such a great community effort as Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director adds: “Every year we build new homes and communities that people want to live in, and we’re passionate about playing our part in the local communities around our developments.
“The Kirkwood Community Council initiative to clean-up The Luggie Walkway gives members of our team the chance to offer their personal time to support to this event, and our cash boost will go some way to providing some additional planting for the area.”
The local community regularly uses the walkway but it has become neglected over the years. With support from the community and various organisations working together, it is hoped the event will make a real improvement to the area as Richard O’Hara, Chairman of the Kirkwood Community Council adds: “We’re grateful of this generous offer from Taylor Wimpey, and indeed the other companies and organisations that are throwing their support behind this event.
“It is a significant area that we hope to tackle, and we may need a series of events to finally achieve our ambition to completely clear the path but it’s great to get our campaign off to such a positive start with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland.
“I’d like to encourage as many members of the public to give us their support to lend a hand for as much or as little time as they can manage across the weekend of 2 and 3 June.
“We’ll be meeting at the Kirkwood Sports Barn at 10am each day, I hope as many people as possible can join us. And as they old saying goes – many hands make light work.”
We Lead STEM Sessions at Bargeddie Primary in North Lanarkshire
As part of Bargeddie Primary School’s focus on STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – our West Scotland team took the opportunity to lead a series of practical sessions in school to outline the important part these subjects play within the housebuilding industry.
Using the four key subjects as the pillars of their task, the children were asked to build a model house in their groups. The children had a variety of materials to choose from, and each completed model was judged against set criteria that included whether it was the strongest, tallest, coolest looking, best functioning, cheapest as well as the overall best design.
The STEM subjects contribute across a number of disciplines in the housebuilding industry. With the construction of new homes now underway at our local Burnside View development in Bargeddie, STEM week was a great opportunity for us to give the children an insight into the industry and highlight the relevance of these subjects in real life.
Errin Hendry-Giles, Technical Management Trainee for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland led the sessions as she explains: “When you consider the importance of the STEM subjects across a number of areas of our business, it’s crucial that we play our role in inspiring children to enjoy these subjects in order to futureproof our industry.
“Without Science we can’t explore new technology, design or investigate soils or materials. Technology is the cornerstone for creating new energy efficient homes to help us reduce the carbon footprint of each household and creating places where people want to live. Engineering is also a key part of designing and constructing our new homes. Finally, Maths makes it possible to be able to work out our costs and make sound business decisions.
“Our project to build a house from a range of fun materials against set criteria certainly got the children thinking and using these subjects in real-time to create some great models. With a number of learning outcomes across each of the core subjects, we were able to help the children reach the conclusion that all four STEM subjects are important because they help us to solve problems at work, school and everyday life.”
Lynn Logan, class teacher who organised STEM week at Bargeddie Primary School, adds: “The STEM sessions provided by the team from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland were a fun and engaging way to bring each of the four subjects to life. Our children have enjoyed learning more about the housebuilding industry and Taylor Wimpey’s insight into the importance of STEM reminds us how crucial learning in these subject areas is for the future of many industries. ”