Cavanna Homes inspires local school children to build a career in construction

Children being inspired to build a career in construction

Class 5 pupils from Collaton St Mary Primary School in Paignton put on their wellie boots and high vis jackets and joined Cavanna Homes to learn first-hand how to build a house and be inspired to build a career in construction.
The 9 and 10 year olds, along with their teacher Mr Ben Nelson-Smith, were taken on a site visit to Cavanna Homes’ Kings Orchard site with Head of Health and Safety, Richard Henderson, and Group Director Martin Cavanna.

Cavanna Homes triumphs in national Housebuilder Awards shortlist

Cavanna Homes development

Westcountry homebuilder Cavanna Homes is celebrating a hat-trick after being shortlisted for three awards in the 2019 national Housebuilder Awards.

Two of the firm’s developments; Primrose Hill in Torquay and Yarners Mill in Dartington, have been shortlisted in the ‘Best Design for Three Storeys or Fewer’ category, alongside eight other national developments.

Cavanna Homes’ successful apprenticeship scheme has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Training or Recruitment Initiative’, alongside six others.

The Housebuilder Awards, in partnership with the National House Building Council (NHBC) and the Home Builders Federations (HBF), recognise innovation and excellence in the housebuilding industry.

Tenant Fee Ban

Jeremy Fletcher on the tenant fee ban

Tenant Fee Ban - Tipi residents have already saved over £215,000!  

"The lettings fees ban coming into force on 1st June 2019 is more great news for UK renters. For too long, tenants have been the victims of the private rented sector, but change is happening. The letting fees ban is a step in the right direction, but more still needs to be done.

"Tipi is already ahead of the game when it comes to putting tenants first. Our residents and potential residents don't need the Tenant Fee Ban to get a fairer deal as not only don't we charge our residents any fees, we also don't require them to pay deposits. 

"In fact, our records show that we've already saved our residents over £215,000 to date by dispensing with these fees!

Willow Grove Turns One

Willow Grove staff celebrating turning one

Leading developers Barratt and David Wilson Homes celebrated its Wixams development’s first birthday last Saturday (25th May) with a family event for its residents. 

Located on Southern Cross, Willow Grove is a popular development that has become a property hotspot with Bedfordshire buyers since opening one year ago. 

In honour of the occasion, Barratt and David Wilson Homes hosted a Family Fun Day last Saturday at the development, where attendees could benefit from a variety of sweet summer treats that were available.  

Lucky residents were treated to an ice cream van where they could take advantage of an abundance of flavours and scoops, including extraordinary rainbow cones. 

Apprentices Embark On Careers With Leading Builder

Billy Kettlewell - one of the Persimmon Homes apprentices

A leading regional housebuilder is gearing up to recruit even more apprentices looking to work in the construction industry.

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley is already paving the careers of 15 apprentices on sites across Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare and Gloucestershire, and is looking to recruit another 15 this September. 

Glen Fallon, apprenticeships manager, said: “Apprenticeships are the way forward as there is a distinct lack of skilled trades. They offer a fantastic quality of life as apprentices earn as they learn, experience a sense of achievement and provide a solid foundation to successful career progression.

“In our region we currently have 15 apprentices, covering all aspects of trade, from carpenters and bricklayers, to tackers/ dry liners and painters. 

Star wars themed room at show home in sandbach

The Star Wars themed bedroom inside the Harborough show home at Barratt Homes' J One Seven development

A leading developer is celebrating ‘Star Wars Day’ (4th May) in style with a themed room commemorating the movie masterpiece at its Sandbach development, J One Seven.

The Star Wars themed bedroom inside the Harborough show home at Barratt Homes' J One Seven development

Located on Old Mill Road, the intergalactic bedroom is featured in the Harborough style show home, a four bedroom family property that is perfect for those looking to upsize. 

The room features a wall that pictures an X Wing Fighter, a famous spaceship from the film franchise, as well as a character-covered duvet set and themed wall hangings, where residents will truly feel like they are in a galaxy far, far away. 

Busting The Myths Of Shared Ownership

Couple holding house keys after buying shared ownership home

People have got all sorts of strange ideas about shared ownership. From having fears that you will be forced to live with a complete stranger, to having little or no say on which property you buy, there are lots of things people tend to worry about.

However, Homefocus is here to separate the myths from the facts to help you find out more about how shared ownership could work for you.


Some of them may be starter homes, but they’re not tiny... You can expect the same standards of space, storage and eco-efficiency as in any typical new-build, so you’re not going to lose out.

New Bedfordshire Homebuyers Can Get Their Foot In The Door With Handy Offers

Street scene in Bedfordshire

A leading developer is making the move to a new home much simpler for house hunters this April, at its stunning developments across Bedfordshire.

David Wilson Homes is providing buyers with an abundance of fantastic offers when they reserve a property at its Clipstone Park development in Leighton Buzzard before 28th April. 

Home seekers considering making the move to one of the developments may be eligible to receive a £5,000 John Lewis & Partners gift card from the housebuilder.

The offer is perfect for those looking to buy a property for the first time, as it means there is less to save up for in the moving process, with the gift card enabling buyers to splash out on a new sofa, a dining room table or even a television. 

Children Enjoy An Eggs-tra Special Easter At Fairfields

Children with easter eggs at Fairfields

Pupils at Fairfields Primary School in Milton Keynes enjoyed an eggs-tra special Easter after taking part in a seasonal egg hunt at David Wilson Homes’ Fairfields development.

Three classes of youngsters at the school were challenged to find 10 especially designed Easter eggs that spelt out the name of the new homes site, which had been hidden around the Vespasian Road show homes.  

After they had hunted all of the eggs in the beautifully furnished properties, they put them all together to spell Fairfields and celebrated their triumph in front of the development. 

Once the children had completed the challenge they were each given a chocolate Easter egg as their prize. 

Grand Designs: The Street

Grand Designs: The Street

Grand Designs: The Street has been an epic five years in the making. In this six-part series, presented by Kevin McCloud, cameras follow the first 10 pioneering households who are building a brand new street from scratch, on what will ultimately be the UK’s largest self-build project. 

This ground-breaking experiment takes place in a prime location near Bicester, just 14 miles from Oxford and under an hour from London by train. The local council bought the land from the MOD, and instead of selling it to a developer for a quick profit, they have simplified the planning regulations and sold plots to the general public for around £100k each.

Family Ties At Northamptonshire Housebuilders Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Family Ties At Northamptonshire Housebuilders Barratt & David Wilson Homes

In celebration of Mother’s Day, local housebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands is celebrating the family ties being created in its close-knit establishment, with more than four employees having recommended the company to their family. 

A total of eight employees working for the Northamptonshire developer have relatives that they work alongside including mother and daughter duos: Amanda and Hannah Bridges (Sales Advisers), Carol Wilman and Georgie Lindsay (Sales Advisers), Catherine Duffy (Sales Adviser) and her daughter Abi Duffy who works for sister company Barratt Homes Northampton and sisters Amanda Jones (Sales Manager) and Victoria Barnaby (Senior Sales Adviser). 

Astudio Secures Planning Permission For Revolutionary Modular Housing Project

Astudio Secures Planning Permission For Revolutionary Modular Housing Project in London

astudio, the award-winning architectural practice, is pleased to announce it has been granted planning permission by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham for a second off-site housing development. The project will utilise astudio’s ground-breaking building approach that reduces the cost of modular housing while providing high-quality homes.

171 Arguments, 463 Kisses and Over 2,800 Cups of Tea – A Year in the Life of an Average British Kitchen

Average British Kitchen

The average British kitchen hosts 171 arguments, 624 bouts of laughter and sips 2,828 cups of tea in just one year, new research has revealed.

A nationwide survey has revealed that 70 percent of Brits see the kitchen as the heart of the home, and therefore the setting for many of life’s best, worst and most crucial moments.

From sharing 218 pieces of gossip and enduring 182 kids tantrums to enjoying 275 singalongs and 72 kitchen discos, the research found the average British family kitchen to be a busy place over one year.

Soaring demand as next phase of Shared Ownership homes are released at Aborfield Green, Wokingham 

Aborfield Green, Wokingham kitchen

First time buyers are snapping up the brand new Shared Ownership homes at Aborfield Green, Wokingham, so much so that Catalyst has just released the next phase of homes.  

The development features a collection of stylish one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments and two and four bedroom Shared Ownership homes which are forming part of Berkshire’s newest 21st century Garden Village. 

Event Set To Encourage First Time Buyers To Get Onto The Property Ladder

Event Set To Encourage First Time Buyers To Get Onto The Property Ladder

Bedfordshire first time buyers on the hunt for a stylish and affordable home are being encouraged to attend a first time buyer event this Saturday (23rd March) at Great Denham Park. 

Located on Greenkeepers Road in Great Denham, the development has a selection of properties available to reserve, using a part-buy part-rent scheme with Heylo Housing called Home Reach.

The event will give potential homebuyers the chance to find out more about the homes that are available using this scheme and how a part-buy part-rent scheme could work for them.

Home Reach is a helpful scheme that provides a more affordable way for people to get on the housing ladder across the UK via part-buy and part-rent. 

Help to buy equity loan Church Hill Place

Church Hill Place

Church Hill Place will comprise of an exclusive collection of 38 premium two, three and four bedroom homes. Named after the charming Parish Church in Coleshill, one of the tallest spires in Warwickshire, Church Hill Place is ideally located just a few minutes’ walk from Coleshill’s bustling High Street. A range of detached, semi-detached and terrace houses will be available, as well as townhouses, which will all be traditional and timeless in design, reflecting the Georgian architecture of the surrounding area.

Tackley Primary School pupils do the honours at the official opening of Deanfield Grove, Tackley 

Tackley Primary School pupils do the honours at the official opening of Deanfield Grove, Tackley 

Children from Tackley Primary School were given the honour of officially opening the new show home at the much anticipated Deanfield Grove development in Tackley, Oxfordshire. 

The children were chosen after winning a ‘Design Your Dream Bedroom’ competition held by Deanfield Homes for the whole school. The winners, James Blackledge, year 1, Evelyn Morley, year 3 and Edith Triggs, year 2 were invited along to officially cut the ribbon and unveil the four bedroom show home. 

Housebuilder’s donation gives charity its own magic moment

Family at Disneyland getting their magic moment with characters from Winnie The Pooh

A charity that supports bereaved families has received a £1,000 windfall from Barratt Homes in Bristol, after becoming the latest recipient of the housebuilder’s new community initiative. 

The Barratt Homes Community Fund donates £1,000 each month to a charity or organisation which improves the quality of life for those living in the region. The new scheme is part of the company’s pledge to strengthen its ties with the areas in which it is building new homes.

Magic Moments is one of the first recipients of the new fund and the charity has a special place in the heart of one Barratt Homes' employees, whose family was supported by its services.

National Healthy Housing Awards unveiled

Construction on new housing

New awards have been launched to celebrate the efforts of individuals and organisations across the country to support people to live independently.

The National Healthy Housing Awards 2019 are open to those working in a wide range of agencies, from local authorities and social landlords to multi-disciplinary partnerships.

They build on the success of the HIA Awards, which since 2001 have celebrated the work of home improvement agencies throughout England in supporting thousands of vulnerable people every year.

The new awards, organised by Foundations – the Government-funded national body for home improvement agencies – will continue to champion the work of HIAs but will also feature a broader range of categories.


A Typical Street Scene at Clipstone Park

Home buyers in Bedfordshire are putting their home moving plans into action now the new Barratt and David Wilson Homes Clipstone Park development in Leighton Buzzard, has opened the doors to their onsite sales office.

The new sales office allows buyers to visit the site and reserve their new home off-plan before the show home opens this year.

Alongside the development, over £16million pounds will be invested in new public facilities on the development in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding area as part of the planning agreement. Residents in the area can expect to see improvements made towards public transport, education and leisure facilities.

Family Discover More With Three Storey Living In The Moorecroft At Willow Grove

Family in their Willow Grove Home

A family of four in Bedfordshire have upsized to a three storey property at David Wilson Homes’ Willow Grove development to give their family room to grow. 

Paul and Sara Canavan (both in their 40s) have two teenage daughters Katie (15) and Chloe (12) who are beginning to appreciate their own space, and used the developer’s Part Exchange scheme to secure their new home on Southern Cross.

After living in Bedford for the last 18 years, the family knew they didn’t want to move far from the area they knew, but Wixams had the appeal of being close to good schooling and ideal road and rail links. 

Now they can all benefit from having large family areas where they can spend quality time together as well as solitary spaces where they can enjoy time to themselves. 

Special delivery for Stoke Gabriel couple turns new house into a family home

Special delivery for Stoke Gabriel couple turns new house into a family home

When parents-to-be Henry Burridge and fiancée Maddy White first saw their new home in the idyllic South Hams village of Stoke Gabriel, they knew it would be the perfect place to welcome their baby daughter into the world.

And less than three months after moving into their new house at Cavanna Homes’ Kings Orchard development, baby Olive was born, at home, on February 4th 2019.  

Quantity Surveyor Henry, 25, and 21-year-old Nursery Assistant Maddy, were the first couple to reserve a property at Kings Orchard. Maddy explained; “We heard about Cavanna Homes’ Kings Orchard development from my parents, who live just up the road. I grew up in Stoke Gabriel and was really keen to stay in the area, so Kings Orchard was a perfect spot for us.

FirstHomeCoach: First-Time Buyer Platform Launches On Android & iOS

FirstHomeCoach First-Time Buyer App

An all-in-one personalised digital platform that guides first-time property buyers through the entire home-buying process has formally launched on App Store and Google Play.

FirstHomeCoach - the brainchild of Ben Leonard, former HSBC Head of Financial Institutions, and Paul Carse, the former CTO of the Racing Post - offers bespoke guidance for prospective homeowners, many of whom lack knowledge of the house buying process, have a poor credit rating or struggle to save up a deposit.

Last chance to get on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments

Last chance to get on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments

Last chance to get on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments - part of the prestigious Dickens Yard, Ealing 

First time buyers are being given the last chance to get their foot on the property ladder at Trafalgar Apartments, part of the prestigious and vibrant Dickens Yard development in the heart of Ealing, West London. 

Catalyst’s development, Trafalgar Apartments features a selection of stylish one and two bedroom Shared Ownership apartments with only four, two bedroom Shared Ownership still available. The apartments are sensitively designed with high ceiling and generous windows providing a feeling of luxury and there are balconies on selected plots with video entry system to all apartments.