Innovative Scheme To Prevent Fuel Poverty
A number of park homes at Wyldecrest’s Orchard Park, similar to those pictured, have undergone insulation improvements
An innovative scheme to install energy efficiency measures at a park home site in Elton, Cheshire has lifted vulnerable residents out of fuel poverty.
Managed by Cheshire West and Chester Council and part funded by National Energy Action, this is the first significant subsidised energy efficiency scheme in the area to target park homes.
Orchard Park is situated in a rural off-gas area and contains 109 privately owned park homes. All residents with non-insulated properties expressed interest in the scheme, with those living in the oldest park homes prioritised for works.
In total, 52 of the most energy inefficient properties received insulation measures by approved installer Cornerstone.
Critical to the success of the project was the support of site owner Wyldecrest and the buy-in of Site Manager Ann Raywood.
Ann commented: “Every single resident expressed interest in the insulation scheme – it has been so popular and made such a difference to the living conditions of our residents. I hope more residents are able to benefit from schemes like this in the future.”
Two Become One In Multi-Million Pound Merger
Prestige Park & Leisure Homes and Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes have formally
merged following a refinancing deal.
Two of the UK’s leading names in the leisure lodge and park residential manufacturing industry have formally merged as part of a multi-million refinancing deal.
The restructure of Prestige Park & Leisure Homes and Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes provides a long-term capital solution that will enable the two businesses to amalgamate.
The major shareholders and senior managers of both businesses have invested into the new company with a £13 million funding injection provided by Praesidian Capital to support growth plans in the rapidly expanding UK leisure market. The merged companies will continue to trade under their separate Prestige and Homeseeker brand names.
Commenting on the transaction, Silvano Geranio, founder shareholder of Prestige Park & Leisure Homes, said: “Prestige and Homeseeker are long-established and high-quality manufacturers supporting both the growing leisure markets and the supply of suitable homes for the ageing population. This investment will help to facilitate and drive our new product development and new market strategy.”
Debbie Foulke, Shareholder and Managing Director of the company, added: “The partnership with Praesidian will allow the two distinct brands to be brought together and will charge the highly experienced
management team with capitalizing on the Company’s future growth potential.”
Spa Work Underway
Shrewsbury’s Mayor Councillor cut the first turf to mark the start of work on a new touring park.
Work has started on a new £3.5 million touring caravan park with a wellness centre and spa facilities in Shrewsbury.
The park, which will have 120 touring caravan pitches and create up to eight jobs, is being developed on 21.5 acres of land by Salop Leisure.
The environmentally-friendly development will also have a natural swimming pool, spa facilities, exercise studios, a gym and a wooden play area.
“We are keen to develop a park that is a new concept at one with nature and will instil a feeling of well-being and tranquillity in our visitors,” said Mark Bebb, Salop Leisure’s managing director.
“As a company we develop caravan parks to five star standard, but this touring park will raise the bar to a new level,” he added.
“I believe that what we are currently offering customers as an industry needs to improve and develop for the future and we have to move with the times and push boundaries.”
New Play Products
The new Swingo from HAGS SMP has a unique mechanism that allows users to rock in two directions and rotate at the same time.
Play equipment specialists HAGS SMP have expanded their range of outdoor apparatus with two new products. The DNA Climber is a unique multi-user piece of equipment, made up of twisted rungs and support ropes.
The structure itself is made from powder coated steel and steel core combination rope, which makes it strong and durable. The climber provides a new type of horizontal climbing challenge which helps develop balance, strength, coordination, and motor planning skills, providing an ideal challenge for children aged 5-12.
Meanwhile Swingo has a unique mechanism that allows users to rock in two directions and rotate at the same time, giving children a multi-directional and a dynamic play experience. The hard wearing product and the extra investment made on safety features and comfort make play extra safe and comfortable for young adventurers.
Aimed at children aged 2-7 years, the Swingo is a great addition for any play area.