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We’re flying the flag for local North Lanarkshire schools
Taylor Wimpey West Scotland challenged the senior pupils of two local North Lanarkshire primary schools - Holytown and Christ the King - to design a flag to mark the launch of its latest phase of new homes at its Torrance Gardens development in Holytown.
The winning design by primary 7 pupil, Brooke Mckinstray, from Holytown Primary has been produced into a flag that now flies at the entrance to the development to welcome new visitors, existing customers and homeowners alike. Brooke won a £50 cinema voucher, a framed copy of her winning design and the opportunity to visit the development with the eight runners-up to see the flag flying high at the entrance to the development.
The judges also picked four runner-up flag designs from each school to receive prizes of a £15 cinema voucher each and a framed copy of their design.
Children from Primary 6 and 7 at each school rose to the challenge of this fun competition as Laura Alcorn, Head Teacher at Holytown Primary School adds: “Having the opportunity to work with Taylor Wimpey to design a flag to welcome new visitors to their local development in Holytown has been an unusual challenge. I understand the judges found it hard to choose a winner due to the quality of all the designs entered. Brooke’s flag now flies every day, which is a lovely connection between our school and the local Taylor Wimpey development.”
Patricia McBride, Head Teacher at Christ the King Primary School adds: “Being involved in this project has allowed our pupils to demonstrate their creativity whilst having fun, and we are delighted that four of our designs made the shortlist. The children really enjoyed their visit to the development to reveal the winning design and to meet the other finalists.”
Kirsty McGill, Head of Sales for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: “We recognise the importance of making sure that we support the communities in which we build our new homes. It has been our pleasure to work with both Holytown and Christ the King Primary Schools on this project to strengthen and extend our links once again with the local community of Holytown.
We are proud to leave a lasting legacy in Holytown
Children from Holytown Primary School in Holytown, Motherwell, have been getting green-fingered by planting 300 spring bulbs 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 planters situated around the playground and in the school garden. Lisa Brander, Sales Executive from our Torrance Gardens development, in Holytown, 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 Torrance Gardens development in Holytown, 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 Holytown Primary with the planting and we hope that the bulbs will grow into a lovely display that the children will admire in years to come.”
Karen McLelland, Acting Head Teacher at Holytown Primary School, said: “It is great to see a company like Taylor Wimpey think about the wider community whilst they are building in the local area, and leaving 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 cannot wait to see the results, which we will be able to enjoy every spring.”
Primary School Pupils get a lesson at our Torrance Gardens development in Holytown
Children from a primary school in Holytown have been given an exciting opportunity to see the new homes that are under construction at our Torrance Gardens development as part of their ‘Houses and Homes’ project in school.
Youngsters from the Primary 3 class from Christ the King Primary School explored our development to learn about the construction of a new home; saw various stages of construction and took the opportunity to visit the two show homes.
Our team in Holytown was more than happy to facilitate the visit as Willie Chassels, Assistant Site Manager at Torrance Gardens adds: “We were more than delighted to be able to welcome the children from Christ the King Primary School for an insight into the build process of a Taylor Wimpey home.
“The children have been learning about new homes and how they are built, so this was a really good opportunity for them to learn about some of the process that it takes to build a new home and see some construction activity at the development. We hope that we have also inspired a few of the youngsters to consider the housebuilding industry in the future. “
Whilst the children were at the development, the team took the opportunity to remind the children never to play near a building site and that a school visit was extra-special because normally there are no children allowed near any construction. Never playing near a construction site is a message that we are keen to reinforce to the wider local community – especially ahead of the summer school holiday.
Class teacher Claire Cardle, said: “Our children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Taylor Wimpey’s Torrance Gardens, asking lots of questions and learning about the building process. They really enjoyed seeing the different stages that it takes to build a new house in real-life, and we know they absolutely loved the show homes.”
Local School Children Get Hand-On As Greener Gardens Project Continues To Grow In North Lanarkshire
As part of our continued commitment to the Greener Gardens project, we have teamed up with Abertay University and Global Professional Services Consultant WSP to offer a learning package which is aimed at Primary 5 children to highlight raingardens, sustainable drainage and the environment.
Pupils from Holytown Primary School in Holytown, North Lanarkshire are the first to benefit from the educational resources with a series of classroom talks and discussions, interactive activities and local show and tell visits in the community to learn more about the concept of Greener Gardens.
The children’s day included a visit to Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s Torrance Park development in Holytown to see the Torrance Water project features in-situ which includes a natural raingarden, a raised raingarden, water butts and a suds-in-box as well as a visit to the Ravenscraig BRE site.
Torrance Park - Phase 2
As part of our continued commitment to Torrance Park in Holytown, we are delighted to confirm that we are one of the build partners for phase two of the development.
Displayed below is the phase two master plan, alongside our current development at Torrance Park.
For more information about phase 2, please click here.
Greener Garden Project aims to grow in North Lanarkshire
Part of an innovative project that will provide free water butts to 80 new homes
As Scotland sees 2016 as the opportunity to focus on Innovation, Architecture and Design, we have been working in partnership with the Scottish Government, Central Scotland Green Network Trust and academia on an innovative ’Greener Gardens’ project - that looks at how gardens of new homes can be used to contribute to green infrastructure, biodiversity and storm water management.
The project features a number of strands - all designed to encourage the development of sustainable places – including installation of demonstration raingardens, academic research, provision of water butts as part of the package for new homeowners, and raising awareness by promoting the benefits of raingardens both to homeowners and the wider house building industry.
Whilst the research takes place, to encourage homeowners to get involved and to highlight the importance that Greener Gardens will play in the future, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Scottish Government and CSGNT have joined forces to provide and install a free 200 litre water butt to the first 80 new homes at the Torrance Park development. These will act as a visible reminder to residents about the need to be more aware of water use and how little changes can have a big impact on the environment.
Cabinet Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart visited the development to find out more about the project from the partners involved, and met some of the primary three children from Holytown Primary who will be learning more about raingardens, sustainable drainage and the environment.