Works are progressing well on the new retail units at Westpark. The new Aldi is due to open in June 2018 with the new M&S Foodhall opening later in the summer.
Bussey & Armstrong Homes use local tradesmen and specialist suppliers to add that something extra.
- Finials from Brian Russell, Little Newsham Forge, Artisan Blacksmith. Winston Nr Darlington
- Timber dentils provided by Fletcher Joinery, Darlington.
- Street Name Plates celebrating local history.
- Stone wall cappings from Dunhouse Stone. Cleatlam, Nr Darlington.
- Bespoke staircases from C R Atkinson & Sons. Newton Aycliffe.
- High quality kitchens from Kitchen Design, Redcar.
- Bespoke furniture for our showhomes from Anthony Nixon Furniture, Barnard Castle.
- And door Numerals from San Fransisco, USA !!
Bussey & Armstrong Homes have again agreed to become the kit sponsor for West Park RA Cricket Club for the 2017-18 Season.
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New research carried out by the Home Builders Federation has found that the cost of upgrading an older property to the same standard as a new build home could be as much as £50,000. The publication of the data comes at the launch of this year’s New Homes Week which aims to highlight the many benefits for consumers of buying a new build home.
From the benefits of living in an energy efficient home that could save you hundreds of pounds on your utility bills each year, to the brand-new fixtures and fittings that come as standard, buying a new build home offers many advantages when compared to buying an older property.
The research looked at the work that might have to be carried out when people move into an older home, and what would have to be done to a home to bring it up to the standards of a new property which also comes with a warranty protecting the buyer from liability on structural problems within the first 10 years. Whether it’s the price of buying and fitting a new kitchen (£7,900) or having a house rewired (£8,850), the costs for people moving into an older home can quickly mount up.
For a homeowner who wants to get the same standard of finish and functionality they could expect from a new build home, the cost could be up to £51,643. This includes paying out for:
- Kitchen – £7,900
- Bathroom – £3,800
- Central heating – £6,185
- Wiring – £8,850
- Plastering – £5,240
- Decorating – £2,500
- Flooring – £2,628
- Insulation – £775
- Windows and doors – £4,900
- Roofing – £4,000
- Guttering – £690
- External rendering – £4,175
And the savings continue: while just 26% of second hand homes achieve an energy efficiency rating of A to C, 94% of homes built in 2016 could boast such standards.
Commenting on the figures, Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said
“Buyers of new build homes enjoy a huge number of benefits over those purchasing a second hand home.
“During the buying process customers will receive a high level of service and support from trained sales staff. Upon moving into a property that is designed for modern living, there are all the advantages of living in a home with brand new fixtures and fittings and the latest energy efficiency technologies.
“This report helps to highlight the hidden savings that buyers of new build homes make. While most people have a budget put aside to get the little jobs done, costs soon add up when you need to replace a bathroom or a kitchen.
“£50,000 is a lot of money by anyone’s standards, and this new research emphasises just how much new build home buyers really get for their money.”
Bussey & Armstrong have partnered with three sound artists from Newcastle University to deliver two public workshops around sound and landscape at Westpark. Both workshops are hands-on and free of charge, please get in touch with Marleen.Vincenten@newcastle.ac.uk if you would like to take part or if you have any questions.
Walking with Sound – Thursday 11 May, 10-1pm
Workshop including a sound walk around the new to-be-developed site at Westpark, followed by learning to create audio recordings of the environment. This workshop is open to all, no previous experience required. For more information, please see here.
Sound and the Wind – Friday 12 May, 10am-2.30pm
This workshop is specifically aimed at artists, experimenting with the production of new sounds based on a tour around the future building site, to create new work. For more information, please see here.
After their visit to the construction site earlier this month, Year 2 students from Westpark Academy worked hard to produce a floorplan for their fantasy dream home. We were really impressed with their creativity, and each of them had their own style. Who wouldn’t want a party and chocolate room!
B&A Director Tony Cooper chose a winning design from each class and visited the school to hand out prizes. Jasmine from Class 3 and Dayo from Class 4 were the well-deserved winners with their original and detailed designs. They each won a Jenga set.