Hard hat tour of award-winning Somerset homes for local pupils


Children from Farmborough Church Primary School in north east Somerset who helped name an award-winning housing development in their village toured some of the completed homes and met the construction team.

Lovell Homes welcomed 112 pupils to Lavender Grove, the company’s new development in Farmborough.

Wearing hard hats and hi-vis gear, the children watched some of the construction equipment at work, learnt about safety around construction sites and toured the development’s show homes. They also met site manager Brendon Schooling who answered their questions about how homes are built. The visitors included ten-year-old Fleur, who originally came up with the Lavender Grove name for the development in a competition set by Lovell for pupils.

Lovell community liaison officer Bernadette Vickery says: “It was lovely to be able to welcome the children from Farmborough Church Primary School to Lavender Grove, especially as they helped us with naming the development. Involving the local community through this kind of initiative and helping children and young people learn about construction are both important to us. It was great to show the children round, they asked some brilliant questions and were really impressed by the new homes.”

Co-headteacher Darren Roberts says: “We were really pleased to be able to tour the Lavender Grove site and were made very welcome by all at Lovell Homes. We’ve been watching with interest from afar, as the development has taken shape and so to see it up close and to get to find out more about the construction process was of great value to the children. Many thanks to Bernadette and Brendon, the site manager, for organising things so well, looking after us and answering all of our questions.”

Within easy travelling distance of both Bath, nine miles away, and Bristol, a 12-mile drive, Lavender Grove has proved highly popular with homebuyers, offering them the chance to buy a brand-new home in an outstanding location. The development’s appeal was underlined at this year’s First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards 2016 where its three-bedroom Hazelwood house style took the title of Best First Time Buyer Family Home.

Demand has been such that only one home - the stunning four-bedroom Chestnut show home - is now available for sale. This family-friendly, link-detached property offers the lucky buyer the chance to live in a picture-perfect home with professionally designed interiors. It comes with furniture, carpets, curtains, blinds and a fully landscaped rear garden all included in the price of £465,000 (£372,000 after a Help to Buy: Equity Loan*). It also features an attractive traditional stone-finished frontage and single garage.

In a brilliant location for commuters to Bath, Bristol and other West Country destinations, homes at Lavender Grove are around five-and-a-half miles from Oldfield and Keynsham railway stations and within 13 miles of the M5 and Bristol Airport.

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