Date: Thursday 05 May 2016
We’ve been busy helping to foster community spirit in Andover, Hampshire, after funding a brand new sports pavilion and playing fields at our Augusta Park development.
The new facilities were officially opened by Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Iris Andersen, during a special ribbon-cutting event on Friday 29th April attended by representatives from the borough council, Smannell Parish Council, Augusta Park Community Association and Taylor Wimpey.
To mark the occasion, the Mayor made a short speech to thank us for our contribution and explained how the community will really benefit from the new pavilion.
She says: “It is such a pleasure to be here today to open the new sports pavilion and playing fields, and I would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for inviting me. It is so important that residents have access to high-quality sports facilities to enable them to develop news skills, socialise and keep fit. I have no doubt the facilities will be well used for decades to come.”
Our regional businesses Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties and Taylor Wimpey West London – which are both building high-quality new homes at Augusta Park – teamed up to fund the provision of the new centre and pitches at the site after Test Valley Borough Council recognised a need for additional formal sports amenities in the town.
Featuring 14 changing rooms with showers and official changing facilities for referees – plus a kitchen and a club room with bi-fold doors which open out onto the playing fields – the pavilion and pitches took 18 months to build and were funded entirely by the two regions, who engaged experienced contractors Claude Fenton to manage the project.
A new car park has also been provided at the site and families are accommodated for with a large play area for children and a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).
Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, says: “These new facilities will make a huge difference to the local community and clubs that play sport in Andover and the surrounding villages.
“The design and layout of the pitches is such that a variety of traditional sports can be accommodated – including cricket, rugby and football.”
The first cricket season began in April, while the first full football season will kick off in September.
Roz Wells, Associate Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, says: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build, and that’s why we were more than happy to pay for the new sports facilities at Augusta Park.
“We hope that lots of local teams and clubs get enjoyment from the new pavilion and pitches for many years to come, as well as the wider community.”
Emma Jones, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West London, adds: “We understand how important facilities like these are for local sports groups and the local community generally, so we were delighted to be able to help.”
The Chariots at Augusta Park, Aventine at Augusta Park, and Saxon Heights at Augusta Park each offer a fabulous selection of high-quality new homes.