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First time buyers stay up all night to secure first Redrow home of Liverpool housing partnership

Sales have launched at Knights Park, Woolton, and one young Liverpool couple queued up from 10pm the night before to get the house they wanted.

Jonathan Powell, 24, and his fiancée Dannika Burnell, 25, had set their sights on a particular three-bedroom detached Warwick style property as their first home and didn’t want to miss out.

“We arrived at site at 10pm and parked our car as close to the sales office as we could,” Jonathan explained. “At 2.30am someone else arrived so we set up some chairs and sat outside for the rest of the night.  My mum and dad came at 7am and took over so that we could pop home and get showered and changed. We had been following the development and knew exactly which house we wanted and we simply didn’t want to miss out.”

Having secured their new Warwick home with a reservation fee, Jonathan and Dannika were invited back to Knights Park this week to meet Cllr Frank Hont, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for housing, to tell him their story first hand.

Knights Park, which features 21 three and four-bedroom family homes on the site of the old Watergate School, in Woolton – is the first Redrow development within the award-winning Liverpool Housing Partnership to go on sale.

Councillor Hont said: “I was delighted to meet Jonathan and Dannika and see for myself their excitement at securing their first home together. The Liverpool Housing Partnership is all about delivering new and refurbished homes right across the city for people with a wide range of budgets. The level of interest in this development proves that there is demand for a wider range of properties within Liverpool.”

Winner of last night’s ‘Property Deal of the Year’ title at last night’s Insider Merseyside Property Dinner awards, the LHP is a unique collaboration between Liverpool City Council, Redrow and Liverpool Mutual Homes, designed to drive up the range and quality of properties in the city. Redrow Homes and LMH will jointly build 1,500 new homes and LMH aims to bring up to 1,000 back into use as part of a £205 million investment over five years.

Redrow’s focus is on providing high quality family housing which will help keep people in the city who might otherwise move elsewhere, contribute to addressing Liverpool’s undersupply of housing and boost council tax revenue for the city, while capital receipts generated by the sale of Council sites and assets – such as the old Watergate School site - are reinvested into the housing programme, to enable more affordable homes to be built.

The partnership is also creating much needed employment and training opportunities for young apprentices. And, during his visit, Cllr Hont met two young apprentices who are learning their trade at Knights Park and other LHP developments, including Redbridge Park, in Fazakerley. They were 18-year-old joinery apprentice Joe Joyce, from Speke, and plumbing apprentice Owen Caslin Barnes, 17, from Halewood.  Redrow is currently in the process of recruiting several more apprentices to work on partnership schemes.

Back to Jonathan and Dannika’s story though. They’ve both been saving hard for a deposit since they started work in 2008 – Jonathan is a joiner and Dannika works in administration for Morrison’s supermarket.  Getting married next May, currently they both live with their respective parents, in Halewood and Gateacre.

                                                                   

“It’s not been easy to save the money we need but living at home with parents has helped,” said Jonathan, who grew up in Woolton and went to Woolton County Primary School, so many of his friends still live there, plus his grandparents live in the next road.

“We’d really set our hearts on living here. If Redrow hadn't acquired Knights Park we may have considered new homes in other parts of the city, but Woolton was our first choice. An older, second hand home would have been a last resort as we both really wanted a new-build.

“A new home like the Warwick suited our needs and our lifestyle with features such as an open plan kitchen/dining room, en-suite and downstairs cloakroom.  We also felt that with it being our first home together and with us getting married next year it would be easier to buy a property that was all ready for us to move into.”

The good news is that Jonathan and Dannika’s determination paid off. They’d already got all the information they needed at an earlier pre-launch event held at the Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport Hotel. They were first through the door when the Knights Park sales office opened at 10am and had completed their reservation by 10.45am; just in time to meet friends in Childwall for a trip to Chester Races to celebrate!

They’re now progressing to exchange of contracts and hope to pick up the keys to their new home sometime in August.

The first three homes at Knights Park have now been reserved and properties currently available include the four-bedroom Thirlmere mews, from £289,994, with more three and four-bedroom detached homes coming soon.

Redrow is also preparing to launch sales of three and four-bedroom homes at Redbridge Park, in Fazakerley, at the end of June, with fully furnished show homes ready in August.

To find out more about available homes at Knights Park, Woolton, visit www.redrow.co.uk/knightspark,  where a three-bedroom Warwick style view home is open 10am to 5.30pm Thursday to Monday inclusive, or call 0151 306 2161.

Liverpool Housing Partnership

The Liverpool Housing Partnership is an agreement between Liverpool City Council and private developer Redrow Homes, affordable housing provider Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) and property contractor Wilmott Dixon to drive up the range and quality of properties in the city. Redrow Homes and LMH will jointly build 1,500 new homes and LMH aims to bring up to 1,000 back into use as part of a £205 million investment over the next five years.

Redrow Homes

Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading homebuilders, completing more than 4,000 new homes across England and Wales in the 2014/15 financial year, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors, while the newly introduced Regent Collection displays Georgian influenced exterior design but still with that same combination of period-style architecture and 21st century interiors.

Redrow has a strong association with Liverpool – founder/chairman Steve Morgan was born and spent his childhood years in Garston; the housebuilder has completed around 2,000 new homes in and around Liverpool during its 40 year history; and ongoing developments include Summerhill Park, in the Broadgreen area, plus New Heys and Calderstones Grange, in Allerton.

The group has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the 2014 and 2015 What House? Gold award for Best Large Housebuilder, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011-2015. The group employs over 1,550 people as well as providing work for thousands of sub-contractors and supporting a mostly UK based supply chain.

Issued for & on behalf of Redrow Homes by Active PR. Press information from Linda Bright, tel: 0771 002 0026, email: linda@activepr.co.uk; or contact Kate Logan, tel: 07545 504 053, email: katelogan@activepr.co.uk.