The price of not buying new? It could be as much as £50,000!

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.”

Download report “Avoid the Money pit – the cost of upgrading old to new”

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Free Art Workshops at Westpark

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 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.




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House Design Competition Winners

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.





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Visit from West Park Academy

Year 2 students from West Park Academy came to visit our building site yesterday, to learn about how houses are built. Our Site Foreman Michael showed them round, and they had lots of great questions to ask him. This visit is part of their module on Mega Structures. We really enjoyed having them all over, and we hope they learned a lot.













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New Year; New homes in Darlington for sale







Welcome to the beginning of a new year, and a new chapter, that could be spent in a new home at Westpark Garden Village, Darlington. The new phase of our development, Winding Way, features a mix of stunning two, three and four bedroom houses, all available with the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme.

With ‘Help to Buy’ making new homes affordable for both first-time and existing buyers, there has never been a better time to buy. You will need a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage to secure a home using this scheme. The remaining 20% is provided by the government as an equity loan which is interest-free for five years.

As new-build properties, these homes enjoy the benefit of being virtually maintenance-free, giving you more time to do the things you enjoy – whether that’s entertaining family and friends or simply putting your feet up. Fitted with the latest technology and appliances they are, on average, six times more energy efficient than older styles home – saving you money on your energy bills.

To find out more about the homes available please call Sonia Reeve on 01325 365717 or visit our sales office.

Click here: Winding Way brochure








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M&S Simply Food at Westpark Garden Village


Bussey & Armstrong Homes are pleased to announce that plans for a new Marks & Spencer Simply Food store at Westpark Garden Village have been submitted for final approval. The new store will complement the existing shops within the Westpark Village Centre and create approximately 40 new jobs.


Subject to planning consent the new store will be open by late 2017, early 2018.





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Westpark Garden Village Phase 2

UPDATE: Westpark Village development proposals  –  Approved

Bussey & Armstrong Projects Ltd and Darlington Borough Council have had their outline planning permission for the second phase of West Park Garden Village approved. The plans to develop land at Mount Pleasant Farm and Stag House Farm which are collectively named ‘West Park Garden Village’ were given the go ahead on Friday 1st July.

We are now working together to deliver this exciting next phase.


2 Sites PlanOverall Masterplan

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West Park Village – New Food Store

We are pleased to announce that following the granting of outline planning permission in 2015 we have now finalised arrangements with Aldi for a food retail store to be located to the north of the village square off John Fowler Way. We have been working hard with our new partners to ensure the development complements and improves the existing village environment. Subject to final planning permission, the new store should be opening in late 2017.


























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Bussey & Armstrong Sponsor new West Park RA Cricket Club

Bussey & Armstrong Homes have agreed to become the new kit sponsor for the newly formed West Park RA Cricket Club.

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For more information on the new cricket club, click on the following link:










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Westpark Services Corridor Landscaping Works

Bussey & Armstrong have received planning approval to carry out landscaping works to the services corridor that runs from Edward Pease Way through Collingsway to John Fowler Way.

Works will commence over Winter/Spring 2016.

The work will involve treating the existing meadows, re-levelling the ground, creating a network of formal and informal footpath links with perimeter beech hedges and tree planting.  The project is being funded by Bussey and Armstrong and the land will ultimately be adopted by Darlington Borough Council as public open space.

Details of the proposed works are available by clicking on the following links:




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