This award-winning family firm celebrated 90 years of building homes in 2020, and the fourth generation is now taking charge of running the business.
Starting out as a joinery and woodworking contractor in 1930, Anwyl began housebuilding in around 1940 and by 1980, was building around 250 homes a year, mostly in the Rhyl area of north Wales.
Anwyl Homes expanded at the end of the 1980s, widening its area of work across North Wales and the north west and investing in its woodworking section.
Let’s take a closer look!
Anwyl Group’s structure
Anwyl Group has three divisions across the north west: Anwyl Homes, Anwyl Partnerships, and Anwyl Land.
The Group employs around 250 staff and delivers building, civil, and infrastructure services to private homebuyers and clients in sectors such as healthcare, industrial and institutional, residential and light commercial.
The homes division is split into two regions in the north west: Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, based at St David’s Park, Ewloe, Flintshire, and operating in Cheshire and North Wales; and Anwyl Lancashire, based at Buckshaw Village, Chorley, and operating in Lancashire and parts of Merseyside and Cheshire.
Anwyl was named in the latest Sunday Times PcW Top Track 250 league table, which ranks Britain’s leading mid-market private companies with the highest sales. The achievement came in the year the company celebrated its 90th anniversary.
The group aims to bring social value to the areas it operates in and works to high levels of sustainability and innovation to create high-quality homes. It adopts a `thoughtful approach’ to design, and key aims are to reduce environmental impact with renewable low-carbon schemes a priority. More information on Anwyl construction can be found by visiting www.anwylhomes.co.uk
This operation is flourishing across the north west, offering a wide range of new homes from starter properties to spacious detached family houses in some highly desirable locations. Anwyl Homes have received several awards, including success at the UK Housing Awards, the LABC Awards 2015, Housing Innovation Awards and they won the Insider Northwest Housebuilder Award.
Anwyl Homes aims to create high quality `thoughtful homes’ by bringing care, attention to detail, and integrity to projects while ensuring that local neighbourhoods are supported by their developments. It offers donations and gifts in kind to community groups and charities through its ‘Love from Anwyl’ funds which aim to make a difference by investing in the people at the heart of those communities.
Anwyl believes that understanding what people want and expect when looking for a new home is key to their continued growth. Their traditionally designed exteriors combine with interiors focused on modern living.
Phil Dolan, managing director for Anwyl Homes Cheshire and north Wales, said:
The company takes a thoughtful approach to designing sustainable developments, with elements like green space, play areas and natural habitats all carefully considered to provide benefits to the people living there.
Recognising the need to protect the planet for generations to come, the company is determined to build smarter homes and is trialling a sustainable new gas-free design that will shape its future homes going far beyond the requirements of the next phase of building regulation updates.
Named `The Evergreen’, it will meet the Future Homes Standard, due to be introduced by 2025, and provide vital information for build and technical teams as Anwyl makes strides to becoming a more sustainable developer.
As well as being heated using an air source heat pump – keeping the house totally off the gas grid – it will include an insulated 200mm cavity in all external walls, triple-glazed windows and centralised mechanical ventilation to prevent overheating.
Unlike most of its competitors, Anwyl is a joinery and woodworking contractor with its own specialist joinery workshop in North Wales, where it creates bespoke wooden features for its homes and developments. Here, state-of-the-art CNC technology combines with experienced and skilled craftspeople to produce high-quality items like staircases.
An Anwyl house comes with a 10-year National House Building Council (NHBC) Buildmark policy. This includes deposit protection from the exchange of contracts, a 2-year builder warranty with Anwyl, backed by the NHBC’s Resolution Service, and 8 years of structural defects insurance cover.
Examples of Anwyl Homes’ current developments include:
The Fairways, Handforth, Cheshire
Anwyl Homes is building a range of three and four-bedroom bespoke properties at The Fairways, overlooking Styal Golf Course. Benefits of this development include access to green space and a village train station with 45 trains a day into Manchester. Homes available include the four-bedroom detached Stratford, priced from £565,995. For more information see www.anwyl.co.uk/thefairways.
Deva Green, Chester, Cheshire
Within walking distance of Chester’s historic city centre, Deva Green will provide a wide range of homes for first-time buyers, families and downsizers, in a range of two to four-bedroom designs. The Farndon is a larger family home; it’s priced from £374,995 and features an open-plan kitchen and dining room spanning the rear of the home. For more details visit www.anwylhomes.co.uk/deva-green
Mill Green, Warton, Lancashire
Located off Lytham Road, Mill Green enjoys a semi-rural setting in Warton, with a blend of coast and country. Prices on a range of three and four-bedroom homes are competitive when compared with nearby Lytham, one of Lancashire’s most sought-after locations. Homes available include the three-bedroom Snowdon, priced from £234,995. See www.anwyl.co.uk/millgreen to discover more details.
Priory Gardens, Burscough, Lancashire
Located in the desirable town of Burscough, close to local amenities, Priory Gardens is part of the wider Yew Tree Park development. Anwyl Homes is building a range of three and four-bedroom homes there, with four-bedroom detached properties currently available. These include The Lymm model, priced from £344 ,995. For more information visit www.anwyl.co.uk/priorygardens.
The land division works with landowners and agents to find and appraise potential development sites. They look for:
- Building land with or without planning permission
- Commercial premises and barns which could be converted into residential housing
- Brownfield sites
- Derelict buildings
Anwyl Partnerships specialises in delivering high quality affordable and social housing across the north west and north Wales, with the aim of providing the type of housing needed by communities along with economic benefit.
The Anwyl construction arm delivers building, civil, and infrastructure services to clients, specialising in affordable housing and extra care, and works in partnership with Registered Housing Providers and local authorities to provide complete solutions, from family homes to extra care apartment schemes and apartment buildings.
Anwyl Partnerships works in varied sectors including education, health care, social housing, and commercial schemes. Projects always involve their services as a joinery and woodworking contractor, utilising their workshop to create high-quality items such as staircases and reception counters from high-quality sustainable materials.
Anwyl began life in a small workshop in the 1950s which made bar counters and staircases for Anwyl Homes. The joinery sector of the business has rapidly expanded. It now uses cutting-edge technology to make products for private and commercial clients, including doors, windows, staircases, fitted furniture, kitchens, countertops, and wardrobes.
Its specialist workshop enables the company to be flexible and quick to react to changing specifications. Investment in modern equipment such as a CNC machine which enables finely detailed joinery features at fast speeds and high standards have put the company in good stead for future growth.
The workshop can also finish items, including painting woodwork prior to installation via a spray shop. This seamless in-house process means that construction teams on site are not left waiting for items. The woodworking contractor is also experienced in working on projects for historic heritage buildings and can create high quality specialist mouldings for complex designs. It is FENSA registered and can factory glaze windows and doors. The division is keen to promote from within and operates an apprentice scheme.
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