Dec 3, 2020

Barns Close Mead: A Rewarding Project in an Idyllic Location

Woofenden Construction completes 18 new Exmoor homes in partnership with LiveWest.

Many young people find it difficult to pay the levels of rent expected in the most beautiful parts of Devon, even if they’ve grown up in the area. We teamed up with Housing Association, LiveWest to build 18 affordable homes in a beautiful setting on the edge of Exmoor National Park.

An idyllic location
Barns Close Mead is in an Idyllic Exmoor location

We’ve built six homes for shared ownership, six for social rent and six for affordable rent. Some have a local occupancy tie, so they must be lived in by someone with links to the area and the first young couple has recently moved in to their new home.

The development is in Dulverton, on the southern fringes of Exmoor. Whilst it’s a stunning location, its moorland nature brought its own challenges for our teams, especially during one of the wettest winters in history! Despite having to battle the elements, the whole project ran very smoothly.

Around 20 Woofenden Construction employees and 10 employees from our sister company, Arcken, worked together on the build. Due to there being no mains gas in the area, the properties benefit from the latest eco-friendly air source heat pumps to supply domestic heating and hot water. The homes have modern exteriors and the interiors have been finished to an exacting specification.

David Coombes, Operations Manager for Woofenden Construction, said:

“As a family run business based in a small rural village, we understand the importance of providing both affordable and quality accommodation for families.

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with LiveWest to deliver a project of this nature.

“The idea of providing quality, sustainable & affordable housing in areas such as Dulverton is an excellent example of what can be achieved.”

Sally Bryant, Senior Development Manager for LiveWest, said:

“Following last week’s final handovers I wanted to say how pleased we are with quality of the houses and the way your team has delivered this project. It has been a pleasure to work with Woofenden Construction and I hope we have more projects like this with you in future”.


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