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Why do Wickford win so many NHBC Awards?

Quality from start to finish is the mantra of Wickford Development Company Ltd. The build programme for our homes is typically 18 months. This is due to the traditional building techniques still employed in the construction of our homes. As the Building Regulations and planning policies evolve, Wickford continually look to enhance and improve the quality of the homes we build, to assimilate traditional with new build techniques and technology. Wickford will always seek to embrace new methods of construction or technology as long as the quality or longevity of the home is not compromised as well as the useability for the end user is practicable and it works!! We are ever conscious of how our homes will perform in a changing climate and therefore it is our preference to build with thermal mass construction techniques rather than favouring lightweight construction. Employing these techniques inevitably leads to longer build times. In Wickford’s experience if you do not pressure the build programme it helps the Site Management staff manage the quality control processes on site. That is why Wickford will not sell off plan but only sell completed homes.

Local reputable tradesmen and contractors are used. Many of our trades have been working for Wickford Development for over 25 years. The culture of those working at Woodlands Park is, ‘it must and has to be right.’ The management staff & tradesman that work at Woodlands Park are very proud of the work they do there. Their attitude and commitment to quality is reflected in the number of awards from the NHBC the site has received. Once again in 2023 Woodlands Park has been recognised as being the best new home site for quality in the UK in the NHBC Small Builder Category. Wickford have now won this award 3 times in the last 4 years! That is quite exceptional.

If you’ve not realised by now, Wickford are not your archetypal new home developer, if you visit our site and see our homes you will understand why. Have a careful look at the internal and external finishes. Discerning customers are able to see the difference between a home that has been carefully and lovingly built to that of one where the levels of dedication to quality are simply not the same.

Winning the 2023 NHBC Supreme Award is very special, this is recognition of everyone’s hard work. However, that night has now passed. Wickford will not rest on our laurels or bask in the glory of our NHBC Awards, that is not what we do. Tomorrow is another day for us to improve. Our own senior management team work very closely with EJ Taylor & Sons Ltd to ensure these high standards are continually maintained and improved upon. However, we do hope that these NHBC Awards provide the confidence and assurance to our future home owners when making a wise decision in choosing to buy a new build Wickford home.

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Award Winning Homes

'Quality from start to finish is the maxim of Wickford Developments' founder. Our track record of building quality homes is one we are rightly proud of, since 1980 Wickford have won over 45 individual quality awards. In 2020 & 2021 Wickford were awarded the NHBC National Supreme Winner’s for Pride in the Job. From a field of over 10,000 new home development sites across the UK, Wickford was awarded the best builder in the UK. In 2023 Woodlands Park was once more awarded the NHBC Pride in the Job Supreme Award.

Some of the awards include:

  • National Supreme Award Winner in 2020, 2021 & 2023
  • South East Regional Award Winner in 2022 & 2023
  • South East Regional award winner 2019
  • Over 14 regional award winners since 2000
  • National Supreme award winners in 2000 and 2005
  • Seal of Excellence awards
  • Quality Awards

A personal invitation from Wickford’s Chairman:
We are very proud that Woodlands Park & Meadow has been recognised by the NHBC as having some of the best built new homes in the UK. Buy the best don’t take a chance on your most valuable asset, your family home.

Quality Guaranteed, In Every Home

The following are a selection of the standard features included in the asking price at Woodlands Park

Our homes are traditionally built with quality brick and concrete block materials. There are numerous external finishes employed across the varying house types which gives each plot a distinctive feel.

Across Woodlands Park there are over 35 differing brick types and as many as 15 types of roof tiles have been used. Rendered external finishes have been used strategically dispersed to add character to the estate.

On selected house types the sparse use of eternit weatherboarding complements the variety of finishes and colours.

The energy rated UPVC windows are of varying types either sliding sash or casement to suit the style of the house.

On selected house types there are fitted aluminium bi-fold doors.

All our plots have a laid patio and a turfed lawn with planting to the front garden, brindle block paviours are laid in driveways, parking courts and raised road platforms.

A feature of Woodlands Park of is the beautiful landscaped areas in around the various phases across the development. Wickford Development have planted and nurtured hundreds of trees across the site to ensure the ambience of the estate is enjoyed by those living and visiting Woodlands Park.

Wickford Development still employ traditional wet trades in the homes that they build to ensure a hard wall finish. Ceilings are also fully plastered. Ornate coving and ceiling roses are installed in the ground floor and main living areas with standard coving installed in all other rooms where practicable.

The moulded skirtings and architraves with rosettes are made from softwood timber and each staircase is bespokely made to each house.

The Paula Rosa Manhattan Kitchen with comes with quality fitted appliances.

Quality ROCA sanitaryware is fitted throughout each plot with basin under cupboards and touch sensitive mirrors.

All ensuite showers come with Aqualisa thermostatic temperature and flow controls. Bathrooms are either fully or part tiled with porcelain tiles.

All three storey houses have a Megaflow pressurised pumped hot and cold water system.

Two storey houses have a traditional indirect vented hot water system.

Central heating and hot water is fired by an Ideal Logic gas energy efficient boiler.

Fitted carpets is a standard specification for our finished homes and the curtains and blinds are tailor made for each plot.

Wickford Development provide quality appliances as standard across all our house types. AEG washer/dryers, dishwashers and fridge/ freezers. The cookers are either freestanding Bertazzoni range or if integrated AEG ovens and hobs.

All our homes come with CAT 5 cabling as standard to rooms with TV points. Bathrooms have fitted touch lit mirror cabinets above the basin. Aqualisa Thermostatic shower controls are fitted to all ensuites.

Great Dunmow

Great Dunmow, 'Meadow on the hill' (the original meaning of Dunmow) is a Market Town steeped in history with buildings dating back hundreds of years.

  • Easy access for both bus and rail links to London and the rest of the country
  • Easy flight travel from Stansted
  • Excellent range of schools
  • Assortment of mostly independent shops and businesses, including tea rooms, restaurants and public houses
  • Large recreation ground which has football pitches, skate park, children's play area with equipment
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