A new housing estate with stunning views across Alnwick has proved a ‘resounding success’ despite being a ‘construction nightmare’.
Only six homes remain unsold of the original 73 being built by Cussins at The Limes, Willoughby Park.
At the opening of the show home by the Duke of Northumberland on Friday, Peter Cussins, executive chairman of the family firm, said: “With 10 different house styles priced from around £80k to £350k, Willoughby Park has appealed to the broadest spectrum of the community.
“The development has also proved extremely popular with young professionals and has attracted doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, police and members of the armed forces. What an amazing place to be in a crisis!
“The sloping site offers spectacular views. In the same token, it is also a construction nightmare and we have needed to amend the layout to take best advantage of the views and to create level gardens.
“The biggest thanks goes to Your Grace and Northumberland Estates, who have always held out the highest aspirations for the scheme, and for entrusting Cussins to deliver the quality befitting this prime location.”
Mr Cussins was full of praise for his workforce and described the painstaking processes involved in bringing the plans to fruition on a difficult site.
He said: “Thanks go to construction director Kirk Thomson and to his team of architects and engineers led by his brother Scott and of course our magnificent building force of around 50 people who are working tirelessly to produce such high quality workmanship ... ably led by perfectionist Eddie Crawford who was six inches taller when he started walking up and down the hill!”
He said the achievement was in no small measure due to the enthusiastic support of the Duke, the Estates, Northumberland County Council and Cussins’ own team, led by his son, chief executive officer Jabin. That only six homes remained unsold was testament to the enthusiasm of his sales team, particularly new sales manager Julia Burnett, he added.
Before a brick was laid in 2013, the entire first phase of 30 properties was snapped up and 26 families had moved in by the following June, just eight months later.
A 40 per cent affordable housing provision was delivered by discounting 27 of the homes.
Mr Cussins’ daughter Lydia and her husband Arthur were among the first couples to move onto the estate, with their two children Violet and Juno bringing the tally of children at Willoughby Park to 14.