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We’re welcoming our first home owners who are tasting life at Lingfield »

Christmas has come early for our first lucky couple to move into Millfields this year as we’ve been able to give them a real taste and flavour of Lingfield Life.

We’ve welcomed Gary and Sheena Richardson to our neighbourhood in our unique style with a Christmas hamper packed with treats.

The hamper, packed with goodies that have a special connection with life at lingfield include honey produced from our own beehives, vouchers from canteen by Alexander MacMurray through to warm woolies knitted by our very own artist in residence, Becky Sunter of Tabby Textiles.

The hamper wrapped up in a handmade quilt made by Drawn Threads also provided a few muffins and plenty of tea to ensure they get to put their feet up and enjoy a well-deserved rest!

Loving our new neighbours at Millfields

Loving our new neighbours at Millfields

We think it’s a real milestone for us and great to see people living here as well as working here at our thriving business park.

Gary and Sheena are the first couple to move into our unique Millfields housing development – created by Taylor Wimpey – and moves us towards a perfect live-work neighbourhood – and one of the largest sustainable developments in Europe.

Eddie Humphries, our very own estates manager presented our hamper to the lovely couple and said:  ” We look forward to the day in the not so distant future that our neighbourhood is buzzing here all the time and not just during business hours.”

Millfields, which are code three eco homes, are being built by Taylor Wimpey and we’ve witnessed remarkable success with a considerable number of off-plan sales since the launch earlier this year.

Fancy a sneaky peak at these unique homes now available at Lingfield Point?

Pop across to our Lingfield Point flickr account or click on the link below ….


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Work starts on our new homes – a new chapter of Life at Lingfield begins! »

We’ve got a spring in our step now that work has started on homes that will help take forward one of Europe’s most ambitious masterplans for a sustainable mixed-use community.

We’ve just welcomed diggers to create an access road for the new Taylor Wimpey ‘Millfields’ site at the McMullen Road entrance to Lingfield Point where a range of contemporary homes will start to appear over the next few months.


John, left, & Mark Leigh of  Taylor Wimpey look at the exciting vision for Millfields

Our next chapter of Life at Lingfield harks back to the site’s halcyon days as Paton & Baldwin’s wool factory where people lived their lives around this 107-acre hub of activity.

We already boast one of the North’s most successful business parks where around 2,500 people work each day – now we’ll be able to add a true live/work low carbon community – great news for Darlington.  

Over the next 10 years, we’ll be creating homes, parkland, sports facilities as well as health facilities, shops and restaurants – a new neighbourhood with sustainability and care at its heart – not forgetting the continued development of high spec, creative business space.

John Orchard, director of Marchday which owns Lingfield Point, said: “When we began developing Lingfield Point we had an ambitious vision of turning the site into one of the most sustainable mixed use communities in Europe – where people could live and work with great facilities in great surroundings.

“Today we’re happy and proud to say that our vision is rapidly becoming a reality, and that reality is that we offer more – Lingfield Point is more than just a workplace or a place to live, it is a way of life.

“Our businesses have access to everything from ‘grow your own’ allotments, honey beehives, a ‘Happy Fit Camp,’ health and lifestyle advice, art around every corner, craft courses, gardening courses and bike hire and 3 direct bus services into Darlington.

“We aim to reflect that in the on-site facilities that will be available for homeowners – creating a true Lingfield community”.

The Millfields development will include two, three and four bedroom houses in seven different styles and a range of special terms are on offer to help buyers move.

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CABE gives the Lingfield Point proposals the Thumbs UP! »

Lingfield Point has enjoyed two recent meetings from dignitaries of the design world.

A group from the Design Council CABE Board visited to tour the site and visit the wool factory buildings which have been recycled into inspirational, award winning workplaces with us being the first stop for office space in Darlington.

They also heard about the first phase of residential development about to begin on site. Last week the Northern Architecture review panel in association with CABE reviewed Taylor Wimpey’s proposed design and were mightily impressed;

The North East Design Review & Enabling Service is the CABE-Affiliated Panel which examines most major developments in the north-east with a view to ensure they achieve the maximum design value and sustainability that is possible, given the project brief.The Panel meets monthly in a number of venues around the region and assess four projects at each meeting. January’s meeting was held at Lingfield Point which proved to be an easy to find location well-served by parking and public transport. The managers of the venue were most helpful in meeting the Panel’s requirements and provided and excellent room and refreshments.

We hope to return when the Panel next meets in this locale. In their proposals for the first phase of residential at the Lingfield Point site, Taylor Wimpey have built upon their track record of pursuing innovative development forms, first seen locally at The Staithes, Gatehead. The proposals include some genuinely fresh approaches to edge-of-urban residential development, commencing with the main approach to the residential development via the existing Italian Gardens with the route terminating in a set-piece square. Other interesting features include a innovative pedestrian dominated “walled garden/route” where residents very much take precedent over the car, and the creation of a landscaped bowl and belvedere in the north-west corner to create form in an otherwise flat site. Overall the development responds well to its setting, is thoughtful and will be a fresh offer on the local housing market.

The Design Review Panel made a number of supportive suggestions which the developer responded positively to and they think the scheme deserves to succeed.

Great stuff indeed! The first new homes at Lingfield Point are planned for later this year so watch this space for details.

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Wayne Hemingway speaks his mind! »

Wayne Hemingway in the affordable apartments he designed for key workers in Manchester. Photo: Don McPhee.

Owners of Lingfield Point,  Marchday, are  big fans of the Fashion Trendsetter turned Community Guru Wayne Hemingway. We’re really impressed by the special qualities Wayne’s company Hemingwaydesign brought to the Taylor Wimpey scheme, Staiths Southbank in Gateshead.

Space for people to get together.

The scheme reminded us of much of the good stuff we saw in Malmo, Sweden earlier this year where the design of the space for community interaction between the buildings is given equal importance to the design of the buildings themselves.

We share many values in relation to creating communities, regeneration and design and read with interest Wayne’s recent comments about successful communities in The Guardian.

We’re excited about creating the first new homes at Lingfield Point next year and making real the sustainable mixed community around our existing business community. We hope Mr Hemingway would approve of our plans!

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Plans now on show for exciting new phase of development at Lingfield Point »

Marchday, owners of Lingfield Point, welcomed Taylor Wimpey and leading architects, John R Paley Associates to canteen where plans for the first phase of residential development have been unveiled.

Exciting new homes proposed at Lingfield Point

Plans for the development of 270 homes in the first phase of the exciting £100million masterplan have now gone on show at Lingfield Point.  This first phase of homes will form part of 1,200 homes, sports facilities, a school, health services and plenty of green space for the local community to enjoy.

John Orchard, director of Marchday, said “This is the first phase of making the masterplan happen and it’s really exciting.  We want the new homes to be family-friendly and to use the lessons learned from some of the best housing schemes in Europe. Most people agree that we’ve created some outstanding office buildings at Lingfield Point, now we intend to create some truly outstanding homes too.”

Andrew Paley, from the team of architects supporting Taylor Wimpey said that the development team had visited similar projects in places as far away as Malmo in Sweden for design and inspiration.  The team want space between the homes to be as important as the buildings and added “This is not just a housing estate – the neighbourhood deserves its own character and we looked across Europe to see how we could improve life at home and build it into the plans at Lingfield Point.

“Its not often that the developer is involved in a scheme where design is such a high priority; it’s very exciting to be part it” said Andrew.

We couldn’t agree more!

To see plans for the first phase of our new neighbourhood, pop into canteen at Lingfield Point where plans are on show until 3 August or log onto to view and comment.

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Marchday announce their residential development partner at Lingfield Point »

We’re delighted to announce that Marchday will work with development partner Taylor Wimpey to deliver the first phase of new homes in the delivery of the next vital stage of the sustainable mixed community here at Lingfield Point.

Exciting new homes proposed at Lingfield Point

Taylor Wimpey will build 270 homes in this first phase as part of the overall £100m masterplan vision.

Taylor Wimpey and Marchday are inviting the public to have their say on the latest plans and are hosting a public consultation event on Wednesday, July 13 from 3pm to 7pm and then on for two weeks until July 27 between 8am to 4pm each day in ‘Canteen’ the on site cafe at Lingfield Point.

John Orchard, director of Marchday, the owners of Lingfield Point, said:

“It is fantastic to be working with a company like Taylor Wimpey which has delivered some of the most exciting new homes developments in the UK in recent years, including the award-winning Staiths development on the South Bank of the Tyne at Gateshead, where they worked with top designer Wayne Hemingway.

“These will be the first new homes built in east Darlington for sometime and they will live up to our ethos of modern, low carbon, sustainable development in keeping with our visionary masterplan for the site drawn up by FAT architects.

“We want the new homes to be family-friendly and to use the lessons learned from some of the best housing schemes in Europe. Most people agree that we’ve created some outstanding office buildings at Lingfield Point, now we intend to create some truly outstanding homes too.”

Iain Pay, Associate Land Director of Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire, said:

“Taylor Wimpey is very excited to be part of this great creation at Lingfield Point. This first phase of housing will be another key building block in creation of this visionary and truly sustainable community.

“A lot of time and thought has gone into the nature of the design of the houses and their surrounding environment, and we are exceptionally pleased with the end product. We are looking forward to revealing this to the public.”

So, come on down and have your say. Building is expected to start in the New Year and homes will be ready for occupation by the middle of next year.

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