As featured in the Derby Telegraph
Darren Hackett is looking forward to the shortest commute of his life when he moves into one of the homes at Denby Bank, where he is site manager. Next month he’ll be able to step out of his front door and instantly be at work, overseeing the building of stylish apartments and houses in the Crest Nicholson development on the outskirts of Marehay, near Ripley.
There can be no greater vote of confidence from a site manager than to put his money where his mouth is and buy one of his own homes – but for Darren and his wife, Amanda, it was, he says, a “no-brainer”.
“I’ve worked at three or four Crest sites now and have always been impressed with the build quality,” says Darren.
“But I’ve never bought a house on my own site before. “I never intended to buy a house here, to be honest, but there’s one that took my eye and I kept hanging my nose over it.
“My wife, Amanda, was really up for the idea, so we bought the Cheltenham, a four-bedroomed detached with a single garage and a large garden. “It’s a very traditional, double-fronted house. There are four bedrooms upstairs and downstairs there’s a kitchen diner and a front room; nice big rooms.
“I like where it’s situated and I really like the area. We’re quite close to Denby, which seems like a lovely place. I’m quite proud of my site and do like to show it off to people so we often pop and have a walk in the area, it’s a nice place to be.”
What particularly strikes Darren about the area is the friendliness of the people. “When I first brought Amanda to look round, the amount of people who came out to see me was amazing. They all came out for a chinwag, which was really nice.
“And when I came to choose my tiles the other weekend we’d had that really heavy snowfall. I started clearing the road and soon ended up with six people helping me. I’ve lived in my house in Sutton- in-Ashfield for seven years but I’ve never experienced anything like that at all.
“There are some really lovely people around here and I have no qualms about moving onto my own site because we’re building right and we have a brilliant customer care department.”
Amanda shares Darren’s confidence in the site. She now works for a printing company but has worked in the house building trade in the past. Says Darren: “She says the quality of the house is impeccable – which I already knew.
“I’m a joiner by trade and a site manager by day, so I’m very hard to please. But I genuinely love the house and think the quality of fixtures and fitting is second-to-none.
“I am very impressed with the build quality and with the team working here. I love working at Denby Bank and I think we’ve definitely brought something to the area.”
Denby Bank, built on a former Denby Pottery site, features a collection of one, two, three and four-bedroomed homes, including one and two-bedroomed apartments, available – subject to status – to first-time buyers with the Government’s First- Buy shared equity scheme.
The location offers the best of both worlds; a community feel while being close to the amenities of Ripley, with its shops, supermarkets and leisure centre. It’s only 25 minutes to Derby city centre and also only a few minutes from the A610 to commute to Nottingham.
WHERE: Denby Bank, Marehay, near Ripley TYPE: One, two, three and four bedroomed homes, including one and two-bedroomed apartments. PRICE: From £85,950 for a one bedroomed Azure flat. From £139,950 for a three-bedroomed Hereford house. DEVELOPER: Crest Nicholson INFORMATION: On-site sales and marketing suite open daily, 10am- 5pm. Call 0870 754 1095 or visit www.crestnicholson.com/denbybank PROPERTY DETAILS Site manager Darren Hackett in the show home at Denby Bank. Top right, the house that Darren has bought on the site.