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A Breath Of Fresh Air At Lorton Park

We are extremely proud to share with you this article about our Lorton Park Development, published by Opening Doors. The Opening Doors programme was launched by Dorset Council to help address the housing shortage and rising demand for homes through a range of different measures to stimulate house building.

The aim of the programme is to encourage the construction of more housing in North, South and West Dorset while also emphasising the benefits of development for the local community. We were approached directly by Opening Doors, who wanted to feature Lorton Park as a success story in Dorset.

Little Tommy Mee was the first new arrival at Lorton Park in Weymouth…almost quite literally.

He was the first baby to be born to a family at the development, arriving just a week after mum Sadie McAuley, dad Ed and big sister Emily moved into their home

Tommy – now 18 months old – enjoys playing in his family’s garden and seeing extended family who live close by.

“It was ideal as we moved in the week before Tommy arrived and we did not have to do anything,” says mum Sadie.

“We didn’t have to decorate, just move in. There are other families with children at Lorton Park and I have family nearby in Upwey so it is great.”

Sadie, who grew up in Upwey, and Ed are both local and attended Wey Valley School in Weymouth

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE: Dad Ed, mum Sadie, Emily and Tommy in their home

Ed, who works at FGP Systems, says: “We lived in the Preston area of Weymouth before but this is more of a family home.

“We got to choose the paint, doors, sockets, underfloor heating and the various fittings.

“We love the back garden with its trees and nature garden, which really sold the property to us.”

Lorton Park has grown alongside Tommy and Emily, now two and a half. Work has also started on the fourth and final phase. This will result in a total of 46 properties on the site by the time construction is finished in 2020.

It is the perfect example showing how it is possible to build high quality new family homes – with residents including local people – while providing a significant boost for the local economy.

At Lorton Park this is to the tune of £8m for the local supply chain, with an overall gross development value of £18m.

Opening Doors is keen to encourage construction of homes of all kinds – open market, affordable, for rent and purchase – to create a healthy mix of housing.

It is also keen to see more local SME housebuilders and developers of the kind behind Lorton Park to start projects in the area.

Lorton Park, which is set against the parkland of the Old Rectory, is described as ‘constructed and finished to the highest standards and furnished with the very best quality fixtures and fittings’.

The company behind the development is Koori Ltd, which is a local firm.

It has used local materials – including Purbeck Stone and Portland Stone – and aims to be flexible in meeting buyers’ bespoke requirements.

The focus on ecology at the site includes bat boxes, a wildflower meadow, landscaping with trees and hedges as well as the retention of established trees.

The scheme also includes allotments, with more open space to be provided. Improvements to storm drains help alleviate local flooding as part of the development.

Lorton Park also supports the local community with a contribution to the council’s schools fund of around £2,200 per home.

There is a mix of different types of properties in different styles across Lorton Park ranging in size from two to five bedrooms.

Koori says Lorton Park is also the first development site to have Fibre to Property (FTTP) in Weymouth, delivering ultra-fast and stable fibre optic broadband with upload speeds of up to 300Mbps.

HAPPY HOME: Julia Ridgway at her new house at Lorton Park

Julia Ridgway moved from Affpuddle to a three-bedroom house at Lorton Park with one of her sons and Poppy the dog.

She said: “I feel very happy here.

“There is a good mix of people and I’ve met all of the neighbours. Everyone is very friendly. You can walk straight up the road into the nature reserve, but I also have a good sized garden and patio for outdoor living.

“Lorton Park is a fantastic development with real attention to detail with little bits of luxury you have not asked for. It is a quality development and I would recommend it.”

Crucially, Koori is using predominately local suppliers and subcontractors. The agents are Goadsby and Symonds & Sampson.

There are between 30 to 40 tradesmen working on the site, including three apprentices who are attending Weymouth College.

Suppliers and associates include AKI Ltd, Thrive Architects, Virtual Vision, Dan Roads Photography, Dorset Digital Solutions, Sprint Signs, Read Woodruff Chartered Accountants, Aspect Tree Consultancy, W Ronald Landscapes, Remarkable Carpets and Flooring, Classic Folios, CG Roofing and Leadwork, Richardson Plumbing & Gas Ltd, Ocean Bathrooms, Scard & McCarthy Steelworks Ltd, Tristan G Murless Electrical Contractors, New Image, Lara Jane Thorpe Photography, Lee Wills Contractors, A G Norbury Plastering, Rococo Decorating Ltd, JAIC joinery and interiors co, G Crook and Sons, Alan Newey Roofing, Kitchens by Emily Ltd, Bradfords Building Supplies, Jewson Limited, Coastal Asphalts Ltd, Weymouth and Portland Scaffolding, Eco Screeding Limited, and PXLtree Media.

All but one house in the third phase have been sold and others are already being reserved off plan in the fourth phase.

Prices start at £200,000, with a two-bedroom terrace typically at £240,000.  Some of the homes have been bought through the Government-based Help to Buy scheme, and the development is LABC registered.

Some 15 affordable homes are also being provided off the site by Hardye Housing Limited, a sister company of Koori Ltd – providing benefits for the community from development of this kind. Each property is purchased by Koori Ltd then fully refurbished throughout, prior to the new resident moving in.

It provides and manages the homes to provide much needed affordable housing for people in the locality. Indeed two of the properties neighbour Lorton Park.

Whilst criticisms of large-scale developments persist in some quarters, Lorton Park is helping to show the real way in which local firms can help make a difference. By developing smaller plots and at the same time, creating good quality family homes, this approach makes a significant economic, environmental and social impact within the area.

Phase Three | Rectory Cottages – Update

Ready, steady... SOLD!

Rectory Cottages are not only finished but also sold out. The last one has had the sale agreed and so now 5 out of the 6 residents are happily living in their brand new homes.

Below is a few snaps of the finished homes and Phase Four will be coming very soon!

Rectory Cottages | Finished

Phase Three | Rectory Cottages

Phase Three is in full swing as Rectory Cottages take shape!

Phase Three of Lorton Park has already been a great success, with many of the homes being snapped up before we have even managed to publish them on the website. At the time of writing this, there are only 3 plots remaining, which is testament to how popular the Lorton Park development continues to be.

If you’d like to register your interest for the remaining plots, then please contact our agents here.

Below shows a sneak peek at how the Phase Three buildings are coming on with more to follow.

Rectory Cottages

Summer On Site

As the weather gets warmer, the wild flowers surrounding Lorton Park are looking wonderful.

It’s been a year now since our first homeowners moved in to Lorton Park and the greenery surrounding the homes seems to have recovered from the building work.

Summer at Lorton Park

Jack Martin’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice Award 2018

Redtale Holdings on behalf of Koori Limited @ Lorton Park would like to congratulate Jack Martin on his recent award for Screwfix Trade Apprentice 2018.

Jack was up against 1200 entrants and triumphed on Friday evening against nine other finalists.

Jack is employed by Tristan G Murless Ltd and works as part of their team at the Lorton Park Development in Weymouth.

Caroline Welsh from Screwfix praised the Weymouth finalist. “Jack is an example of a motivated individual who will be an integral part of the electrical industry and a successful future tradesperson,”

Jack’s award includes a business and trade bundle worth £10,000, including a laptop with accessories, Screwfix products and funds for future training courses, all very well deserved.

Keep up the good work Jack!

Phase Two Update | January 2018

More Phase Two homes ready for occupation.

Since our last update in December we have added the finishing touches to more of the Phase Two homes in Lorton Park’s ‘Lorton Orchard’.

Lorton Orchard | Phase Two

Phase Two Update | December 2017

First residents move in to Phase Two (Lorton Orchard) last week, with the next resident to follow shortly at the beginning of the new year.

As you can see below, Lorton Park is coming on nicely and the first residents of Lorton Orchard (Phase Two) are very happy with their new home.

Below are some up to date photos of Phase Two and the continued work for Phase 3 and beyond.

Lorton Orchard | Phase Two

Lorton Park | Aerial Photos

Weymouth Civic Society Award 2017

Phase One of Lorton Park receives a commendation from Weymouth Civic Society

The commendation is made for new houses which form the first phase of a much larger scheme at Lorton Park, Broadwey. These attractive dwellings, in light coloured render with slate roofs, fit well into this rural location. They are thoughtfully designed to create a pleasant group, well landscaped, with low boundary walls in natural stone. There were a number of constraints on this site, including the power lines, several groups of trees, and the historic Old Rectory in the centre of the area, separate from this development. Care has been taken to retain the existing oaks and other trees, and to keep the spacious setting around the Old Rectory.

Phase One | Press Release

First Phase of Lorton Park Officially Unveiled

Friday 14th July 2017 – The first phase of new housing at Lorton Park in Broadway, Weymouth, was officially opened by the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland – Councillor Kevin Brookes and his wife Mrs Anne Brookes, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

Six units have now been completed at the development and all have now been sold, subject to contract, with some residents already residing in their brand-new homes.

The ribbon cutting ceremony also marked the launch of phase two, which will see the next 10 of the planned 46 units completed and released for sale. The scale and form of the new dwellings have been carefully designed to respond to local character.

Lorton Park architects have produced a range of traditional style new homes, but with modern features that a discerning buyer expects such as balconies, snugs, dressing rooms, en-suites, family kitchens and generous gardens, all set in attractive and landscaped grounds.

Lorton park is being delivered by Koori Ltd, a joint venture company between Redtale Holdings and renowned local builder AKI Ltd. Malcolm Curtis- Director of Redtale Holdings, said:

“We are excited to see phase one completed and delighted with the feedback that we have already had from new homeowners and potential buyers.”

“Not only is Lorton Park set in a picturesque and convenient location, all of the houses have been designed and built with the customer in mind. The quality of design, complimented by an exceptional build quality is now evident for all to see.

The development is shaping up brilliantly and we are looking forward to seeing this quality of design and build continue through in to phase two.”

Mr and Mrs M – new home owners at Lorton Park:

‘We have monitored the build through the various stages, our excitement growing as each week passed. We are delighted to now be in our new home and it is proving to be everything and more. From the design to the quality of the build, it has exceeded our expectations’

Lorton Park Phase One

Phase One Launch

The whole Lorton Park team are very proud to have handed over our first homes of Phase One on Monday 19th June 2017.

Exclusive invitations to the official launch of Phase Two will be sent out very soon.

The first Lorton Park handover of Phase One

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