Article image Over two thirds of house-buyers agree that new build properties offer the highest build quality and widest market appeal, according to a new industry report. The findings support the resurgence new build homes have enjoyed in the past decade, with properties from the likes of award-winning housebuilder Crest Nicholson now rivalling the attraction of their second hand and period property equivalents.

With this in mind, it is perhaps not surprising that Crest Nicholson’s landmark development of sophisticated new homes for Taunton, Firepool Lock, is proving so popular with local house-hunters.

Stunning views of the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal and unique contemporary architecture have made Firepool Lock’s wow-factor collection of one and two bedroom apartments and three and four bedroom houses the most enviable in the region.  

The four bedroom Claridge is perhaps Firepool Lock’s most impressive residence. Benefiting from large picture windows throughout, as well as French door access to a private terrace from the spacious kitchen / dining room, this breath-taking house also enjoys sliding doors from the first floor living room onto a separate balcony. This exceptional family home offers four well-proportioned bedrooms, including a master-bedroom with shower en-suite and Juliet balcony overlooking the canal.

Laura Osborne, Senior Sales Manager Crest Nicholson, said: “Firepool Lock is a truly inspirational development which beautifully combines contemporary urban living with a countryside feel.  The development is set in the heart of a vibrant market town, within close proximity of the best shopping centre in Somerset and all the amenities you could need, and yet enjoys fantastic access to countryside walks and views.  

“The majority of buyers who favour new builds do so because of the pristine condition their home is completed in. They don't require any modernisation or refurbishment and offer a blank canvas that owners can furnish to reflect their personal tastes. With our homes, high-end kitchens and bathrooms come as standard, the specification of fixtures and fittings is exceptional, and our properties at Firepool Lock come with bonus features such as roof top terraces and balconies, making them truly irresistible. 

“The fact that our homes are also available to buy with Help to Buy means dream living is all the more attainable, so we’d urge anyone looking to buy to visit us soon and have a tour of our stunning waterside show home.”

Help to Buy is a Government-backed initiative designed to make buying a new home more achievable for both first-time buyers and existing home owners, and is available on new-build homes at Firepool Lock up to a value of £600,000. 

The initiative enables purchasers to own their own home with just a five per cent deposit and a 75 per cent mortgage. The remaining cost of the property is funded by a 20 per cent equity loan from the Government that is interest free for the first five years.  

Using Help to Buy, purchasers at Firepool Lock can currently secure themselves a magnificent four bedroom Claridge waterfront villa from just £276,000.  Apartment prices with Help to Buy currently start from £100,000 and house prices from £141,600.

For more information about Firepool Lock visit the on-site Sales and Marketing Suite (open daily 10am to 5pm), call 0845 894 3373, visit or find us on Facebook at