Residents at the Canalside @ Wichelstowe development have been nominating members of the community who make it such a welcoming place to live and 2022’s Community Hero has now been selected.
Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes’ inaugural Community Heroes Award champions the neighbourly spirit at its Canalside @ Wichelstowe development and recognises the contribution residents make to creating a successful community.
Winner Will McGregor has been described by members of his community as an incredibly helpful neighbour who goes the extra mile to encourage inclusivity at the development. He’s actively engaged in the development’s Facebook group and works hard to foster neighbourly relationships at Canalside, often being the first to welcome new residents to the neighbourhood.
Will and his family were among the first residents to move into Canalside @Wichelstowe and have since made a lasting impression. Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Homes Bristol, said: “People are at the heart of our developments and it’s great to see residents come together to give Will the recognition he deserves. People like Will make our developments such special places to live and we’d like to thank him for all of his work."
Louise Ware, sales director for Barratt David Wilson Homes South West, added: “Will stood out for going above and beyond for others. It has been our pleasure to show him just how grateful we are for making Canalside the exceptional new community that it is.”
Andrea Pilgrim, sales director at Barratt Homes Bristol, said: “People are at the heart of our developments and it’s great to see residents come together to give Will the recognition he deserves.”
Councillor David Renard, Leader of the Council and Wichelstowe Joint Venture Board Member, presented Will with his award which includes £250 worth of vouchers and contributions from local businesses, Waitrose and Hall and Woodhouse. Commenting, he said: “Everyone needs a neighbour like Will and it’s important to give him the recognition for all he’s done for others.”
The new community at Wichelstowe covers 600 acres on the southern edge of Swindon. In addition to 208 new homes already delivered at Canalside @ Wichelstowe, the 250-acre site also includes Waitrose, Hall & Woodhouse bar and restaurant and community facilities. Once complete, there will be 200 acres of open space, 12km of new footways and cycleways, 1.5 acres of allotments and 20 acres of play areas and sports pitches. Work is now underway on the 182 new Barratt homes at Wichel Fields @ Wichelstowe.