David Wilson Homes is supporting local skills and business in Leicestershire by using locally sourced materials for a feature wall at its Abbots View development in Coalville.

The granite wall, which stands at the front of the development, was commissioned by the housebuilder as part of the Albert Hall Place development to complement its surroundings and ensure the development reflects the local vernacular.

The materials used to construct the wall were locally sourced from Whitwick Quarry in Coalville, meaning the job has helped to directly support local employment, lower transportation costs and reduce the housebuilder’s carbon footprint. The developer appointed local business James Toon Stone Masons to carry out the work on the wall, which is based in Sileby, Loughborough.

James Toon, Company Director at James Toon Stone Masons, said: “David Wilsons Homes have commissioned stonework from our company for a number of their new developments over the years.

“I am really pleased with the finished appearance, which I feel gives the impression that the Abbotts View development and the walls have always been there.”

Abbots View is not only supporting the local area through the architectural work carried out, but it will also invest nearly £800,000 in the local area via the planning agreement once the 79 homes have been completed.

John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “As a five star housebuilder, we are very aware of the vital role we play in supporting local businesses in and around the areas in which we build houses, so we were delighted to be able to use locally sourced materials and a local stonemason for our project.

“The feature wall will have a big impact on the people’s first impression of the development as a whole and we wanted it to be visually appealing for when they view their potential new home.

“The residents at the development have given us immensely positive feedback and said that they love the wall as it provides a very attractive aesthetic to their homes and the development.”

Abbots View boasts a collection of two, three, four and five bedroom high specification homes. The location is so scenic and peaceful it’s almost hard to believe it’s only a 30 minute drive from Leicester city centre, and just a short commute to the A511, A42 and M1,  making it perfect for commuters and people who love to shop.

Picture: The granite feature wall at Abbots View, (l to r) Site Manager Dane McMurtry, James Toon and Ricky Smith