Taylor Wimpey's Cook's Shipyard development in Essex has transformed a disused former industrial site in Wivenhoe, near Colchester.
Taylor Wimpey is nearing the conclusion of a major regeneration project which is breathing new life into a once-neglected corner of the coastal community of Wivenhoe with its Cook's Shipyard development in Essex.
The Taylor Wimpey Essex development was once home to shipbuilding, sail-making and gas works, while vessels which set sail from its waters included the Lord Nelson, Second World War torpedo ships and cattle carriers bound for Australia. But after activity at the site ended some 20 years ago, the area fell into disrepair and became a target for vandalism and fly-tipping.
Now, however, the final stages of construction work are under way at Taylor Wimpey's prestigious new waterfront community of Essex property and public facilities which is due to be completed later this year.
Decaying buildings have now been replaced by high quality houses and apartments for sale in Essex which have been designed to reflect the architectural traditions of Wivenhoe's prized Conservation Area, while echoing the maritime heritage of the site.
Alongside the new build homes in Essex, Taylor Wimpey has also invested heavily in public facilities at the site, constructing a brand new slipway for leisure boats, renovating the existing wet dock, building a new dinghy park and moorings and creating a new car park, a fisherman's store and areas of public open space.
Michael O'Leary, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, says: "We're immensely proud of the work we have done at Cook's Shipyard, and by the time this flagship development is finally completed at the end of this year, we believe the local community will have changed for the better.
"Not only have we created a magnificent collection of new homes here, but we have also worked closely with local authorities, community groups and residents to deliver a highly successful regeneration scheme for the benefit of everyone."
Preliminary work at Cook's Shipyard began in January 2006, with 50 per cent of the overall build timescale made up of preparations for construction, including the dredging of docks, the laying of steel and concrete pile foundations and the installation of infrastructure.
As well as collaborating closely with Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council and Wivenhoe Parish Council, Taylor Wimpey has worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to protect Wivenhoe's flood barrier during the construction project.
The leading house builder has also contributed to the overall regeneration of the local area by investing £110,000 in the town's road network and creating a new £10,000 skatepark. Taylor Wimpey has also provided funding for the refurbishment of the local swimming pool and has made substantial donations to support Wivenhoe's Royal British Legion Club, the annual Wivenhoe Regatta, Wivenhoe Football Club and Christmas festivities in the town.
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