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How It Started Vs How It's Going...

Written by Redrow

12 Aug 2021

In this feature we take a look at how 10 of our developments started… compared to how they look now. And there are some amazing transformations!

We love creating thriving communities which feature everything from new homes and amenities to green spaces and new habitats for wildlife. Often this involves revitalising a site that was previously disused or served a different purpose. 

Caddington Woods, Bedfordshire: from car factory to oasis of calm

Now known as Caddington Woods, the land between the hamlet of Chaul End and Caddington village in Bedfordshire was owned by Vauxhall/ General Motors from the 1950s. They originally used it to test new models and later as a vehicle storage facility.

It’s now a sustainable new neighbourhood, providing homes for nature and people alike. The development offers an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle and will provide a legacy of green spaces and natural habitats. Now, attractive tree-lined streets and high quality traditional looking homes give the impression of a mature and established neighbourhood.

Cherhill View, Wiltshire: from farmland to new homes and a budding allotment community

Our Cherhill View development in Calne now features a range of three and four-bedroom houses which look out onto meadows and the neighbouring North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Built on former agricultural land, the site also features newly created play areas and open green spaces as well as more than 2,000 square metres of allotments. A strong community of green-fingered growers has since developed who come together to produce their own fresh fruit and vegetables.

Amington Garden Village, Staffordshire: from coal mine to sustainable new community

One of our largest developments in the Midlands, our flagship Amington Garden Village will feature 1,100 new two, three, four and five homes once complete. 

However, from the late 19th century, this location was home to Amington Colliery as well as a local brick and tile works before becoming a golf course from the 1970s until 2014.

It’s now a great example of our placemaking principles in action - with high quality homes and accessible parkland set against the backdrop of a sustainable development which provides a better way to live.

Woodford Garden Village, Cheshire: from airfield to soaring success

When asked ‘What is a garden village?’ it would be difficult to point to a better example than our development in Woodford, on the South Manchester/Cheshire border.

Already a thriving community, Woodford is the first garden village of its kind to be built in the north of England for decades.

This impressive project is sensitively turning the old aerodrome site, previously one of the largest brownfield sites in the region, into a beautiful housing development with more than 920 homes set amid areas of play, parks and a village green. The ambitious blueprint also includes a primary school, shops and a pub.

Horsforth Vale, Leeds: from industrial works to village with a sense of place

An example of rural regeneration at its best, we’ve transformed two adjoining industrial sites near Leeds into a new development with a village feel; creating something brand new that looks like it’s been established for a long time. 


The Clariant Works, a chemical manufacturing plant, once proudly stood on part of the land, while the neighbouring site Riverside Mills, was a fabric yard, dyeing and twisting mill until 2000. 

It’s now a fabulous location for new homes featuring local stone, bordered by open countryside, the River Aire, and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. It also features a mature woodland, stream running through it and footpath links to the riverside, giving this lush, green site a new lease of life.

Southbank, Newton Kyme: from papermill to desirable rural development

Our Southbank development is now the setting for a total of 141 new homes on the edge of the North Yorkshire village of Newton Kyme. It’s hard to believe this land was once a hive of industry occupied by the Papyrus paper mill until 2003.

Southbank residents now enjoy a desirable rural setting, enhanced by trees and green corridors.  

Distinctive finishing touches, celebrating both its heritage and rural surroundings, include a tree-lined village green and a lovingly-restored mill-era clocktower and Grade II-listed bridge. 

Frenchay Gardens, Bristol: from historic hospital to family friendly location

Our traditionally crafted Heritage Collection homes and the blossoming new community that has formed at Frenchay Gardens belies the site’s history as a hospital, which boasted many medical breakthroughs and played a huge part in the Second World War.

Situated six miles from Bristol city centre, Frenchay Gardens will feature almost 500 new homes, a primary school, children’s play a health care centre and large areas of open space.

Summerhill Park, Merseyside: from unused grounds to a place with homes for all

Our Summerhill Park development in Liverpool is built in the former grounds of the Grade II listed Thingwall Hall, once a stately home which became a care home.

The land around it was unused until we set about bringing it back to life and it's now a great example of our ‘Homes for All’ placemaking principle.  Featuring a variety of homes from our Arts and Crafts inspired Heritage Collection, everyone from first time buyers and young professionals to growing families and those downsizing has made a home in this quiet neighbourhood close to the vibrant city centre of Liverpool.

Barton Park, Northamptonshire

Our philosophy is to create a better way to live for our customers and Barton Park embodies this principle. The natural environment is at its very heart, with a water meadow area between the site and the River Ise now managed by the local Wildlife Trust, part of a network of green infrastructure delivered by Barton Park.

Wildlife habitats are provided in wetland areas, mature and newly planted trees and hedgerows and in the three fabulous new parks created, complete with play areas, a natural amphitheatre and wonderful open views across the Ise valley.

The Granary and Lancaster Mews, York

The Granary and Lancaster Mews now boast over 200 homes from our Heritage Collection and Georgian influenced Regent Collection.
A big change from its original use as the RAF Clifton Airbase, where fighter and bomber command activities took place during World War Two. Latterly it had been used as a grain store.
York is one of fastest growing cities in the country and the new homes have met strong local demand, as well as providing almost half a million pounds in investment in the local community.