Visiting new homes at Swanvale

Sarah Newton visited Swanvale, a prime development of new homes in Falmouth on Friday 19 February.  The visit came shortly after NHBC, the UK’s leading new home warranty and insurance provider, reported a 9% rise in the number of new homes it registered to be built in the South West in 2015.

Swanvale is situated on a former “brownfield” Ministry of Defence Fuel Depot Facility which historically provided military fuel to RAF St Mawgan and Falmouth port.  Before building could commence, decomissioned reinforced steel fuel tanks measuirning 37 meters in diameter with a capacity of 6,000 cubic metres were removed. The tanks were painstakingly demolished with the waste steel being recycled and the concrete crushed and used in the construction of the site’s roads.

The development currently employs around 50 people as well as four apprentices.

Built by Wainhomes, Swanvale will provide in excess of 250 new homes, of which over 50 will be for affordable sale and over 30 for affordable rent.

Swanvale is noted for its proximity to local beaches and the Swanpool nature reserve, the development’s prime location is also recognised for its build quality and the eco-friendly characteristics of its properties.

The visit was organised by NHBC, the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK and Wainhomes. NHBC registered over 15,700 new homes to be built in the South West in 2015 and house-building in Falmouth and Truro has been rising with 494 new home starts registered in 2015.

NHBC Regional Director for South West Jim Lyons said: “We were delighted to show Sarah Newton MP around the Swanvale development. It is a prime example of the high standards and quality house builders like Wainhomes are delivering. Swanvale is playing an important role in providing much needed new homes in the South West.

“As the UK's leading insurance and warranty provider of new homes, NHBC works closely with house builders to support the delivery of high quality homes. We also work with Parliamentarians to develop and promote good housing policy.”

Sarah Newton said: “Despite the drizzle, it was great to visit people working on the new homes and pathways at Swanvale as well as local people who have already moved into their new homes. There are a range of schemes available that enable local people to afford to own a good quality home of their own. I was also pleased to learn that local school children had been involved with choosing the new road names - I would never have guessed that Rosva Morgawr means sea giant.”

Bob Taylor, Managing Director of Wainhomes South West said: “Swanvale is a great example of a quality development on a brownfield site that is helping to meet local housing need. And because our homes are so energy efficient they reduce CO2 emissions and cut down on energy costs.”


Notes to Editors

About NHBC

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, covering around 80 per cent of new homes built in the UK.  NHBC’s role is to support the industry in maintaining and improving the build quality of new homes for homebuyers, whilst providing the benefit of its 10-year Buildmark warranty protection, when required.

NHBC does support the industry through a wide range of activities, from standards setting through to technical support to warranty and insurance.

NHBC is a non-profit distributing organisation with no shareholders. It invests any surplus into activities that improve new homes further, in particular through its research arm, the NHBC Foundation.

About Wainhomes

Quality is not only a byword at Wainhomes, but also the foundation stone on which they build both their distinguished properties and their well established reputation.

Whatever the choice of property, from a smart, convenient one bedroom apartment to a luxurious five bedroom detached house, Wainhome buyers can rest assured that quality is inbuilt wherever they look: in choice of materials; architectural flair and expert craftsmanship; the high specification finish we apply to all new homes; and, not least, in exacting customer service standards.

For more information please contact:

Olivia Phoenix, NHBC Government and Public Affairs Adviser: T: 0207 648 4079 E:

Nadia Bedra, NHBC Media & Communications Officer: T: 01908 746 734 E: