New homes in London: Taylor Wimpey

Homebuilder believes in giving back to the community

A new apartment block opened in Whetstone earlier this month which developers, Taylor Wimpey North Thames, claim is ideal for first time buyers, working professionals or downsizers. 

The company says residents who join the growing community at Oakleigh Grove will benefit from its well-connected location near the centre of Whetstone, which offers a choice of shops, restaurants and other everyday amenities.

For commuters, Totteridge and Whetstone tube station and Oakleigh Park train station are both within walking distance for direct links to the centre of London. Families can also take advantage of a selection of well-regarded primary and secondary schools in the area. 

Jack Costello, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey North Thames, said: “This development has already been extremely popular.”

One couple enjoying life at Oakleigh Grove are first time buyers Ben and Rhianna Glassberg-Frost (pictured), who moved into their home in February.

The young couple, both aged 24, became accustomed to the London lifestyle after living with family in Finchley for almost four years. With Ben working in the music industry and Rhianna working as a teacher in Watford, it was important for them to be close to amenities such as the tube station.

Commenting on their new surroundings, Rhianna said: “The development is in the perfect location for Ben and I to commute to work, especially with the tube station just a short walk away. We have everything we need right on our doorstep and I already feel completely comfortable here.”

To help the couple prepare for children in the future, there are a number of schools available including All Saints C of E Primary School which is located on the same road as the development.

The sales team is credited with playing a big huge part in helping the couple to find their new home. Ben said: “The sales team at Oakleigh Grove made everything more achievable for us as they were easy to make contact with and were always happy to help.

“The team helped us to choose the Tilvern (a three-storey, three bedroom townhouse) which suits us perfectly. It’s clear that the design of the home has been done to a high standard and we like how much open space we have now. We couldn’t be happier with our new home.”

To find out more about the homes available at Oakleigh Grove, visit its sales information centre located off Sweets Way, Whetstone, London, N20 0NU, which is open from Saturday to Thursday between 10am and 5.30pm, and 11.30am to 5.30pm on Fridays. Alternatively, contact the sales executives on 02033 199764 or visit here.  

Proud to be part of the community at Taylor Wimpey’s Eclipse

A similar story of a satisfied home buyer can be found at a development in Walthamstow which is on the patch of Taylor Wimpey East London.

There a young professional and his pet pooch are right at home after moving into the Eclipse development. Joseph Williams, 29, secured his two-bed apartment and made the move to north-east with his Pomeranian, Morsen, at the start of the year aided by the Government-backed Help to Buy scheme.

Joseph, who was renting in Central London, sought an affordable, low-maintenance property with a short commute to his Liverpool Street workplace. The 5% deposit that Help to Buy allows, coupled with Eclipse’s Zone 3 location, meant the new build apartment was a great fit for him. 

Joseph said: “My experience of registering my interest in an apartment at Eclipse was great, with attentive sales executives willing to help at every step of the buying journey. Because I commute to work, it’s so handy being right by both Tottenham Hale and Blackhorse Road stations. Within 30 minutes I’m into Liverpool Street. 

“Eclipse really does feel like a community; I get on with my neighbours and we have a lot in common, plus Morsen is really at home here which is fantastic. Walthamstow is up-and-coming, so to be part of a growing community that’s quieter than Central London is a huge plus. As well as this, I wanted a place which I could customise to my liking with minimal work on the infrastructure of the place itself and my apartment really fits the bill in that respect.”

Michael O’Leary, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey East London, said: “It’s always brilliant to hear that our customers are settled in their new homes. Many of our customers have taken advantage of the Help to Buy scheme just like Joseph.

“However, the scheme will end in 2023 and will be restricted to first time buyers in 2021, so if you are thinking of buying a new home we’d strongly recommend that you get in touch soon to make the most of the scheme.”

Taylor Wimpey’s Eclipse development is on Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 6HJ and is open seven days a week from 10am to 5:30pm. For more information, visit the website  or contact the sales office on 02034 359269.

Taylor Wimpey East London raises £14,000 for good causes

Still with Taylor Wimpey in East London, the team there has raised more than £14,000 for Youth Adventure Trust and Kids Inspire as part of the housebuilder’s annual Taylor Wimpey Challenge.

This year 11 of the housebuilder’s employees scaled the Brecon Beacons in aid of good causes. Challengers tackled a range of hiking and cycling routes including the Taylor Wimpey Titan challenge, a 112km hike and bike ride for the most hardy participants.

This is the sixth year in a row that Taylor Wimpey has supported the Youth Adventure Trust, a charity which uses outdoor adventure to inspire vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16. Participants in this year’s challenge could choose to donate all of their funds to the Youth Adventure Trust or to give a portion to a local charity of their choice.

David Burns, senior land manager of Taylor Wimpey East London, said: “We’re so proud to have raised £14,000 for two great causes as part of the Taylor Wimpey Challenge. This year, we decided to split the funds we’ve raised between the Youth Adventure Trust and a local charity, Kids Inspire.

“Kids Inspire is based in Chelmsford and helps disadvantaged young people between the ages of four and 16 by offering therapy, coaching and mentoring. The team was on board with the charity’s ethos and so it made perfect sense to donate.”

Mark Davey, CEO at the Youth Adventure Trust, said: “The support we have received from Taylor Wimpey in recent years has been absolutely fantastic. This year we are increasing the number of places available on our outdoor adventure programme and that is in no small part thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts by Taylor Wimpey employees. We’re extremely grateful for the ongoing support; it really does help us to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people.”

To find out more about the causes that Taylor Wimpey supports, visit here

Taylor Wimpey sponsorship helps bring top cyclists to Lee Valley VeloPark

Chobham Manor with (inset) Taylor Wimpey East London sales executive Harry Lywood and Lee Valley VeloPark Events and Corporate executive Matthew Davison

Taylor Wimpey helped bring some of Europe’s top cyclists to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by sponsoring two events at a historic cycling meet.

Condor Good Friday Racing took place on April 19 at Lee Valley VeloPark, right next to the Chobham Manor development where Taylor Wimpey is building new homes as a partner in Chobham Manor LLP. Europe’s best sprint racers have competed against each other on the bank holiday since 1903 and this year Taylor Wimpey gave organisers, Full Gas Cycling, a boost with £1,500 in sponsorship.

As well as the programme of racing, the event also included a range of family activities designed to make the most of Lee Valley VeloPark and give local residents a chance to experience both the iconic venue and top-level cycling.

Taylor Wimpey’s Michael O’Leary said: “We’re so lucky to be right on the doorstep of Lee Valley VeloPark and the other fantastic venues within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The team at Full Gas Cycling has made a great effort to turn the racing event into a day out for families and we were delighted to sponsor two races this year. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves and we’re already looking forward to next year.”

Homes at Chobham Manor are being built by Chobham Manor LLP, a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and L&Q, selected for the project by the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Help for Baby Bank

Taylor Wimpey East London’s giving doesn’t stop there. It has helped support Walthamstow families in urgent need with a £500 donation to The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity. 

The money will be put towards the charity’s Baby Bank, hosted at Priory Court Community Centre within Walthamstow’s Central Neighbourhood. The Baby Bank collects new and used baby essentials from the community to give to those in need in a similar way to a foodbank. Since its 2013 launch, the Baby Bank has helped hundreds of local families and children with donations of food, clothing, toys and other essentials. 

Sarah Marsh, Baby Bank manager, said: “We’re so grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation. As little as £5 can provide 44 nappies for a newborn baby, so the £500 that Taylor Wimpey has donated is incredibly impactful and really helps support the hard work we do here at The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity.”

Michael O’Leary said: “We’re always proud to support causes within the towns and cities that we build our homes, and The Lloyd Park Children’s Charity is no exception. We’re delighted our donation is going to have such a positive impact on those who use the Baby Bank’s services.”

This is intended to be the first of a series of looks at what developers in London are engaged in. If you would like your project(s) featured please email No promises!

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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