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Acheson full steam ahead at Cranbrook

Latest drone photos show Acheson Construction have made fabulous progress at HDD’s Cranbrook town centre, an important part of the wider Cranbrook development, read more….   

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Construction begins at HDD’s Cranbrook Town Centre Scheme

Acheson Construction Commence Works at new Cranbrook Development.

Works for a new mixed-use development in Cranbrook, Exeter have commenced and were marked with an official ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday 29th September.

Located at the junction of Tillhouse Road and Court Royal, this much needed new town centre will include; a Morrisons supermarket, children’s day nursery, ribbon retail, residential apartments and a new market square.

Henry Davidson Developments Ltd (HDDL) are the company behind this important project and have partnered with local building contractor Acheson Construction Ltd who are delivering the construction works.

Scott Davidson, Managing Director at HDDL commented:

“HDD are delighted construction has begun on the Cranbrook Town Centre scheme, it is an important part of the wider Cranbrook development and with a great range of retail occupiers it will prove to be a real asset.  There has been a lot of interest in its progress since the plans were announced, so it is very satisfying for construction to begin and deliver the much needed town centre.  It highlights HDD experience and our ability to deliver developments of this size and variety”.

Operations Director Colin Johnson from Acheson said:

‘’Acheson Construction are very proud to be delivering this important project in Cranbrook and look forward to marking further important milestones as the project progresses’’.

East Devon District Council Leader Cllr Paul Arnott broke ground with the ceremonial spade to mark the commencement of the works and had this to say:

“My administration is thrilled to have broken the deadlock over the future of a new town centre in Cranbrook. This has taken dedicated negotiations by our officers and the political will to invest. I was delighted to meet the construction team on a very well-run site and can’t wait to go shopping in Morrisons as soon as possible”.

Further representatives from Acheson Construction, HDDL and East Devon District Council along with Cranbrook Town Council, Cranbrook Education Campus, Devon County Council, Mono Project Management, Baker Ruff Hannon, SGP Architects, Brookbanks Consulting and LiveWest joined the celebrations to mark this important occasion.

Once complete, vital jobs, homes and facilities will be created all set within an exciting community ‘hub’ for the Cranbrook area.

Richard Harrison, Land & Planning Director at Taylor Wimpey Exeter was in attendance saying:

‘’We’re all very excited for what we’re about to see here in Cranbrook. A lot of time and hard work has been put into the making of this new town and we can’t wait for everyone to see what the Town centre has to offer’’.

Gareth Jones, Development Director for LiveWest added a further comment:

‘’It’s fantastic to see the Town Centre being constructed and for LiveWest to play its part in supporting the delivery of the residential homes.  It is just what Cranbrook and its residents need and adds an essential element to the new community’’.

The project is running to programme and will complete late 2023.


East Devon District Council Leader Cllr Paul Arnott breaking ground alongside (left to right) Acheson Operations Director Colin Johnson, HDDL Managing Director Scott Davidson and Acheson Commercial Manager David Green.

Representatives from – Acheson Construction, HDDL, East Devon District Council, Cranbrook Town Council, Cranbrook Education Campus, Devon County Council, Mono Project Management, Baker Ruff Hannon, SGP Architects, Brookbanks Consulting and LiveWest standing together to mark the occasion.

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Gedling Borough Council Approve Plans for 66 Bed Care Home at Teal Park

Work will start later this year on a 12-month programme to create a state-of-the-art care home at a new £30 million mixed-use site in Nottingham.

Gedling Borough Council has approved plans from LNT Care Developments to create a 66-bedroom development for people with residential and residential dementia care needs.

The complex will be part of a 20-acre site at Teal Park off the Colwick Loop Road in Netherfield which is being developed by Warwick-based AC Lloyd alongside Henry Davidson Developments (HDD).

The go ahead from the planning department means work will start in November with the aim to open towards the end of 2020.

Fifty full-time jobs will be created at the care home which will include a cinema, garden room, library, hairdressing salon, coffee shop and tea shop and 66 ensuite bedrooms with wet rooms.

Nick Broadbent, development director at LNT Care Developments, said this was excellent news for the community in Netherfield.

“Our other care homes in Arnold, Bulwell and Newark have been extremely well received because of the high standard of our care and the homes we have created,” he said.

“Receiving planning permission from Gedling Borough Council means we can start enabling works on site this month before we start to build the infrastructure.

“Work will really start in earnest in November and our building programme usually takes 12 months since everything is to a high specification.

“As work progresses, we will start to promote our job vacancies since we will be looking to fill a range of posts.”

The care home will be part of a mixed-use development containing a pub/restaurant, food store, ancillary retail units and children’s nursery as well as a 50,000 sq ft trade park for up to 12 units and 145,000 sq ft of employment units across seven premises if these plans are given the green light.

Mark Edwards, managing director of AC Lloyd Commercial, said this was the first development to receive full planning permission at Teal Park.

He said: “Teal Park is a really exciting venture for AC Lloyd Commercial and it has sparked a great deal of interest from local and national operators.

“We were approached early on by LNT Care Developments and it is fantastic that planning approval has been secured since their home will provide high-quality care for the residents who will be very much part of the community in Netherfield.”

Scott Davidson, managing director of Nottingham and Birmingham based HDD which is delivering the project for AC Lloyd, said: “LNT Care Developments are a first-class operator, they are well respected in the sector and we are delighted to welcome them to Teal Park.

“This is the first step in bringing forward a range of community facilities that will serve the existing and new residents of Netherfield and we look forward to announcing further occupiers in the near future.”

HDD record of delivery is second to none

Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) has completed the final letting at its £8.5m mixed use district centre at Newton Leys, Milton Keynes.  Cats Protection completed the letting at this popular location only weeks after HDD reached Practical Completion demonstrating again HDDs ability to deliver vibrant and thriving District Centres.

A specialist in creating mixed use developments for more than 25 years, the HDD development comprises an ASDA superstore, six shops, day nursery, care home and pub.   Working in partnership with housebuilder Taylor Wimpey the development provides community facilities for the Newton Leys area where more than 800 homes have been built.