Development examples

Blending heritage with modern architecture

Colebrook Collection development in London’s Islington

Our Colebrook Collection development in London’s Islington won awards for Best Large Family Home, Best Small Family Home and Best Small Development in the 2010 London Evening Standard New Home Awards. Based within a Conservation Area, the Colebrook Collection integrates Georgian architecture and contemporary design within a Grade II Listed streetscape.

Architectural award

Images apartment development in Gants Hill, East London

During 2010 our Images apartment development in Gants Hill, East London won Best Architectural Project in the 2010 First Time Buyer Magazine Readers’ Awards. Judges praised Images for eye-catching architecture that has marked the building out as an awe-inspiring local landmark. Images is a nine-storey contemporary building comprising a total of 160 one and two-bedroom apartments.

Building communities

House in Adora Trails in Gilbert, Arizona

Adora Trails in Gilbert, Arizona provides an example of facilities provided at one of our North American communities. There will be a two acre fishing lake, 12 miles of walking and cycling trails within 140 acres of dedicated open space, a neighbourhood park and clubhouse, a school, a swimming pool, sports facilities, children’s playgrounds and picnic areas.

Award winning green homes

House in Evergreen in Toronto, Canada

In 2010 Monarch Corporation won Best Green Marketing Campaign and Building Innovation and Excellence for our Evergreen community at the EnerQuality Awards of Excellence in Ontario. Evergreen in Toronto is Canada’s largest ever low-rise community to be built to the LEED Certified standard (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is an internationally recognised green building standard).

Expertise in eco-friendly development

Computer generated image of a walkable mixed use community combining residential, restaurant and retail spaces

Big Builder Magazine chose Kip Gilleland, President of our Denver Division, to be part of a Green Team tasked with finding a practical, financially viable and environmentally friendly development solution at a disused site in Colorado. The team drew up plans for a walkable mixed use community combining residential, restaurant and retail spaces. If the community is built, Taylor Morrison will provide highly energy and water efficient Energy Star homes and integrate other features such as solar power and using greywater for irrigation.

Landscape design

Cambourne development near Cambridge

Our Cambourne development near Cambridge won the Best Landscape Design award in the 2010 Landscape Institute Awards and was highly commended for the Local Landscape Planning award. Along with our consortium partner, we set out to create a sustainable settlement with a range of open spaces that also provide functions such as recreation, shelter, education and ecological enhancement.

There is an extensive network of greenways, footpaths and cycle paths. A site-wide approach to sustainable drainage has created over six hectares of new lakes and wetlands that enhance biodiversity.

Award winning customer care

Monarch Corporation was ranked best housebuilder for customer satisfaction in Ottawa

Monarch Corporation was ranked best housebuilder for customer satisfaction in Ottawa and achieved third place in the Greater Toronto Area in the JD Power 2010 Canadian New-Home Builder Customer Satisfaction Study. Monarch Corporation was also named 2010 Home Builder of the Year by the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) in Toronto for our quality, service and customer commitment.

Focusing on business ethics

Taylor Wimpey employee on a civil treatment training course

During 2009, all of our managers in North America undertook civil treatment training. In 2010, the managers took a follow-up course and we extended the training to all of our North American employees. The course is designed to help individuals to apply Taylor Morrison’s cultural values in practice and to act in a manner that is consistent with our ethical values.

UK training schemes

Apprentices from the UK training scheme

During 2010 we recruited 40 new apprentices, eight new management trainees and six individuals for our intensive graduate training programme. As a result, at the end of 2010 we had a total of 92 apprentices and 54 management trainees as well as 14 individuals within our graduate programme.

Battle of the Builders

Battle of the Builders logo

In 2010 we launched Battle of the Builders, a wellness competition that gives individual employees and our Divisions the chance to win cash, prizes and ‘bragging rights’ for a series of health and fitness challenges. Part of our Peak Performance programme, the Battle of the Builders has a boxing theme and is designed to be entertaining and engaging. There are five rounds focusing on areas such as nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. The concept won second place in the motivation or mentoring programme category of the 2010 Creative Excellence Awards.

Taylor Morrison health and safety initiatives

Image of a Taylor Wimpey employee

Each year, our North American Divisions focus on key areas of health and safety. In 2010 our North Florida Division instituted a Controlled Access Zone Program and High Risk Vendor Fall Protection Plan to ensure the safety of contractors who work above a specific height. Our Austin Division developed and implemented a new fall protection fence and a new fall protection cable barrier system.

Poster campaign highlights safety

Safety campaign poster

During 2010 we undertook a UK behavioural safety poster campaign to encourage our operatives to put safety first. The hard hitting campaign makes it clear to everyone working on our sites that poor safety practice puts their life and their family’s happiness at risk as well as endangering their colleagues. We put up posters on every site in the UK and changed them every three months to reinforce the message.

Ensuring contractor competence

contractor vehicles

During 2010, we continued to work with the HBF on contractor health and safety standards. As part of this process, we are supporting the Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP) initiative. This is a pre-qualification scheme that accredits the safety standards of suppliers and contractors for competence. We will promote SSIP to our contractors in 2011.

Sourcing green products

Image of a Taylor Wimpey home

We have extensive experience of sourcing environmentally preferable materials. For example, at our Birling Grange development in Kent we are using a range of construction materials with low embodied energy and toxicity. In addition, 30% of materials by value are coming from reclaimed or recycled sources while 40% of materials by weight are being sourced from within 30 miles of the development.

Reducing packaging waste

Lorry carrying building materials

During 2010, we entered into dialogue with our top 10 UK suppliers with regard to packaging waste. We are working with these suppliers to reduce the residual packaging produced during the manufacture, delivery and installation of their products. The aim of this initiative is to reduce waste packaging material on our sites and waste disposal costs. We will report further on this initiative in 2011.

Our homes and communities

We are committed to building sustainable homes and communities and strive to achieve high levels of build quality and customer care

The way we work

The way we manage our business in the areas of human resources, health, safety and environment and supply chain management

Targets and performance

Read about our targets for 2011 and how we performed against targets in 2010