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14 HOUSEBUILDER NEWS


into the local economy, which will include a new access from Kings Way.” “Money will also go towards a neighbour-


hood centre and high quality accessible informal open space,” added Martyn, “including a new park, landscape buffer and green pedestrian and cycle routes.” The first phase of new homes has sold


out, but planning permission has been secured for a further 105 properties. When complete, the development will comprise 480 homes, delivered in partnership with Sunley Estates. Located on the eastern side of Burgess


Hill and on the edge of the South Downs National Park, the development borders onto Ditchling Common Country Park.


Pupils build better futures with Barratt


Edinburgh high school pupils have been learning about roles in construction, thanks to a new initiative with Barratt Homes. Pupils from Portobello High School were


joined by the housebuilder to take part in an interactive session, which sought to demonstrate the range of skills involved in managing a property development site. The activity, based on a board game, saw


groups of pupils act as a project managers, working together to make decisions on which land to buy, the customers they were building for, as well as building materials and trades required for a successful development. As well as showcasing the vast range of


careers in the industry, the session was useful in helping to develop skills in teamwork and budget management. As part of the activity, each decision the group made had an impact on the teams’ costs and income. Ruth McKay, head teacher at the high


school, commented: “At a time when many of our senior students are still considering which route to choose after school, experi- ences such as these help bring roles to life, and hopefully inspire young people to find out more.” “It was so useful for our pupils to get an


insight into the sheer number of career options available,” said Ruth, listing “bricklayers and electricians to designers and planners.” The activity is part of Barratt’s ‘Building


Better Futures’ campaign, which works with community groups, schools and


colleges in the areas in which the company works. ‘Building Better Futures’ aims to support


community development and champions construction as a career through its role as a community partner. The board game was created as a result


of an activity that a cohort of employees from the graduate programme were tasked to design and deliver, and is only the third time it has been trialled in Scotland.


Charles Church puts £8.1m into local amenities


More than £8m has been invested into the local environment and amenities by Charles Church, as part of a new develop- ment in Burgess Hill, West Sussex. The Croft is a collection of 2, 3, 4 and 5


bedroom properties, suitable for first-time buyers and young professionals through to families looking to upsize. Martyn Clark, managing director of


Charles Church Thames Valley, was “delighted” to be bringing the much needed homes to the area. “As part of the delivery of new homes,”


he said, the company is “pleased to be injecting a financial contribution of £8.1m


Taylor Wimpey invests in its employees


Thanks to an exciting new training programme, Taylor Wimpey is helping its production staff across the UK to further their careers. The Production Academy is a structured


learning and development programme, aligned to job levels and career paths, which has been specifically designed to enhance the skills of the company’s site management teams. Approximately 100 employees comprised


the first enrolment, starting the scheme in August 2016, and the second group, a further 60 employees, were enrolled in February and March of this year. Employees completing the initiative will


gain a Taylor Wimpey Production Diploma (TWPD), a recognised qualification made up of an enhanced National Vocation Qualification (NVQ), supplemented by complementary and key training modules. As they progress in their careers, employ-


ees can re-enter the Academy at the next level and work towards enhancing their qualifications. Taylor Wimpey has selected the NHBC


as the training provider and assessor for the enhanced NVQ. Andy Wyles, divisional manager for


Taylor Wimpey, believes the initiative is a “unique and original programme,” demon- strating the company’s “commitment to improving the skills and knowledge of our employees to help them continuously improve.” The full TWPD will take up to 12


months to complete, and the first employ- ees will gain their diplomas in the summer.


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