Supporting family developers' unique vision
Posted on 8th January 2018 at 10:56
Every member of the James Foley Electrical Ltd team takes great pride in their work and it’s always a pleasure to play a part in like-minded businesses’ projects where the focus is on great workmanship.
One such enterprise we are currently involved with is the Williamsfield Developments housing scheme in Hutton Cranswick, led by company directors Paul and Joanne Lisseter, which is currently one of the very few in the region that is 100 per cent A-rated for energy efficiency.
As well as taking care of all the wiring and electrics, this development has given our team a fantastic opportunity to put our solar installation and testing competencies to use – every single home has in-roof mounted solar panels, and it is absolutely essential they are up to all up to standard.
This is the East Yorkshire-based organisation’s first development; here Paul and Joanne tell us more about what makes the site so special.
From farmland to super-efficient homes
The land on which the Williamsfield new homes stand has been in the Lisseter family for more than 100 years. Prior to that the land was historically owned by a gentleman named William, hence the road was named ‘Williamsfield Road’ – a road to “Williams’s field”.
Over the years, the Lisseter family have carried out many farming activities but it was clear that the farming way of life was changing and the village needed to grow to stay young so the family sought planning permission to build domestic dwellings on ‘Williamsfield’.
Joanne explained: “It took nearly 18 years to obtain planning permission. I’m not sure people really believed we intended to use the land to create new homes but that is what we wanted. There has been very little housing development in Hutton Cranswick, the village was at risk of deteriorating as the younger generations left the area with few options for settling into their own homes in the village. It was very important to us that we would be providing homes for people in our community, as well as those who had left but wished to return, perhaps to be closer to elderly relatives.”
It was only after the first two houses were built that Paul registered as the site’s builder as well as its developer and Joanne’s role evolved into taking on the responsibilities traditionally covered by a site manager, including organising logistics and ensuring everything happening on site runs to schedule.
“I don’t think either of us really set out to become builders, but it happened and we really enjoy it. We originally employed a site manager who moved on, and I suddenly thought ‘I could do that job!’” said Joanne, who had until that point been working in the couple’s IT business.
“I completed an NHBC level 6 NVQ site manager qualification and have now taken it on as a full-time role. It’s still quite unusual these days to have a female site manager in the building trade but I love it.”
Williamsfield Developments set out to employ local tradespeople wherever possible, including James Foley Electrical Ltd.
“I’ve known the Foley family for many years and it’s great to work with James and his team,” Joanne added. “They’re extremely capable and their competency for solar power certification has been of great importance to us.”
A sustainable future
Sustainability is a major factor in their business ethos and Paul believes the 100 per cent A rating for energy efficiency puts them in the top one per cent of housing developers in the region, with Williamsfield being the only local developer to offer certified A-rated ‘affordable housing’.
Paul said: “It is very unusual for a developer to offer A-rated affordable housing, but we have already handed over our first three affordable homes to the social landlord, East Riding of Yorkshire Council. They are kitted out with the same high quality spec, triple glazing and solar power as all the other properties on the development.
“Whether buyers are looking for their first home, a place to retire, a smaller property or a large six-bed detached house, every single one is A-rated for energy efficiency,” he added. “This is what makes our homes exceptional and unique in this area. The range of different properties also means there is a genuine sense of community on the site with a good mix of families, professionals, and older people.”
Such is the popularity of the development, Williamsfield Developments intend to extend it with an additional 67 properties. Now they have this successful experience under their belts, they are also looking ahead to the future and hope to identify more suitable sites to create new homes for local people.
Joanne said: “It is very hard work but we believe in what we are doing and if you want to achieve your ambitions, there’s no other way than to just put the graft in.”
Each Williamsfield exceptional family home is kitted out with high quality fixtures and fittings, including Bosch kitchen appliances and Ideal Standard sanitaryware, and carries the industry leading NHBC BuildMark warranty. Anyone wishing to enquire about the remaining Williamsfield homes should call 01377 271167. For further information visit www.williamsfield.co.uk
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