AS just a few of Redrow’s homes in Newton Kyme are left for sale, the housebuilder has helped bridge a gap between the rural village and nearby Thorp Arch - literally!
Redrow has already completed many of the community commitments that it promised as part of the planning process and now the restoration of the nearby Grade II listed viaduct is also finished. This will eventually form part of a new cycling and walking route between Wetherby and Tadcaster, thereby connecting even more people and places in Yorkshire with the National Cycle Network coordinated by sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
Work on the Wharfe Bridge - which was constructed around 1847 and formed part of the line built by the iconic ‘father of the railways’ engineer George Stephenson - included repairs to the stone works, a new concrete deck, creating a three metre cycling and walking path, and adding new railings.
David Faraday, technical director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire) said: “The viaduct originally formed part of the Harrogate to Church Fenton railway line and at one point it served the Royal Ordnance munitions factory at Thorp Arch, now inhabited by a range of businesses and homes - but the line was eventually shut in the 1960s.
“It’s been a real honour to be able to bring such a significant part of local heritage back to life and make it functional again for residents. We had quite a challenge on our hands too, as the work, which took around three months, all had to be done while protecting a number of bat roosts!
“The work on the viaduct follows on from our restoration of the existing clock tower that formed part of the old Papyrus works and work on the cycle/walkway, so we’ve put a lot of effort into preserving the heritage of the area and also opened up new ways for people to experience the beautiful scenery and surroundings,” he added.
Rupert Douglas, Sustrans Network development manager for Yorkshire said: “It’s great to see such a crucial link in a planned new route completed. We’re working with local partners to develop the remaining parts of the route just as soon as funding becomes available.”
Such attention to detail and retention of historical features all adds to the ambiance of living at Southbank, which has comprised two neighbouring Redrow developments – St Andrew’s Place and The Rectory.
Final properties at St Andrew’s Place start from £299,950 and hail from Redrow’s Regent Collection, which evokes the classic Georgian-style architecture of the Regency period with characterful frontages that create a distinct sense of grandeur. Together with elegant exteriors, each home boasts a stylish, contemporary interior featuring high quality fixtures and fittings.
The homes complement the surrounding location perfectly and are ideal for those seeking a tranquil lifestyle. St Andrew’s Place is close to areas of woodland, large open fields and, as the bridge suggests, the River Wharfe – as well as being near to the sought-after village of Boston Spa with all its shops and services.
For more information on the final homes available at St Andrew’s Place call 01937 865702. Alternatively visit www.redrow.co.uk/standrews.
Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building over 5,400 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2017, the Group reported record revenues of £1.65 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.