Thakeham’s rip-roaring Family Area, Festival of Speed 2019

Back with a BANG!

And we’re back! Fast cars, rip-roaring, family fun and mini builders as far as the eye could see! All this could only mean Thakeham’s return to Goodwood’s Festival of Speed!

Montage of brick laying activity, cranes and water wall at FOS 2019

We were proud to sponsor the Family Area of the 2019 Festival of Speed. Right on the start line, with attractions for children and adults alike, the Thakeham Family area was a must-experience at the event, right in the heart of all the action.

Fast Car Frenzy

Building on the great success of last year’s diggers, this year’s area saw the arrival of two spider cranes for the extremely popular Fast Car Frenzy! The festival’s mini builders, suited and booted, also took on The Big Cat Build, Pit Stop Pipe Drop, and last year’s digging attraction, Thakeham Treasure Hunt! Their hard work as part of the honorary Thakeham team, was rewarded with the 2019 Thakeham lion, a little furry friend to remember the day by.

Montage of face painting, brick laying, reception and the diggers at FOS 2019

Beautiful weather and impressive crowds set the tone for a successful week and the friendly Thakeham team welcomed guests from early ’til late, Thursday through to Sunday! The team even introduced visitors to our Wacky Racer friends and their cars; entertaining adults and children alike!

Montage of Wacky racers and children holding Thakeham teddies at FOS 2019

The heart of the action

There was plenty more entertainment on offer, including fantastic, intricate face painting, a ball pit, Formula Thakeham Tot Car Racing and viewing the start line action from the Family Grandstand. The whole area buzzed with excitement and paired with the thrill of the start line, our prominent position at the festival ensured non-stop racing fun from start to finish.

Montage of Wacky Racers, Ice cream truck, Thakeham cap

Goodwood and Thakeham enjoy a wonderful relationship, sharing values of quality, heritage, legacy and teamwork at the heart of everything we do. The 2019 Thakeham Family Area is testament to that relationship and to the fantastic teamwork involved. We look forward to taking the crowds by surprise in 2020; watch this space!

Peep board with young girl's head at FOS 2019

Special partnerships

Special mention goes to Briar Mechanical Services, who were responsible for the Thakeham water wall at Pit Stop Pipe Drop, GGR Group who supplied two of their spider cranes and a couple of highly skilled engineers for the weekend, NJS for their bricklaying expertise and Autoguide for their ongoing support to keep our Thakeham diggers running and in check! To Thakeham’s extended family, a big thank you!



Making a difference for 200 Mission Motorsport beneficiaries and their families

Thakeham was delighted to donate 200 Goodwood Festival of Speed Tickets


We were delighted to sponsor the Goodwood Festival of Speed Family Area for the second time this July. We hosted a fabulous 2,500 square feet area, jam packed with building themed fun and games for family members of all ages. Our values of quality, teamwork, fun and family are perfectly captured at the Festival of Speed and we always enjoy working alongside The Goodwood Estate.

Our ticket donation is a simple way to share some fun at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. We are especially delighted to partner with Mission Motorsport once again. Over the last two years, these free tickets have meant that 300 beneficiaries have enjoyed a fabulous day out with their family.

Rob Boughton managing director at Thakeham

Mission Motorsport ( distributed the tickets to families with members including people affected by military operations. The charity was established in 2012 to assist people through team participation in Motorsport. Since inception in 2012, Mission Motorsport has delivered more than 4000 training days of sport for almost 1,300 beneficiaries, leading to over 200 placements, and more than 100 jobs.

Recovery is more than about the serviceman’s journey – the family unit are all affected by military service in one way or another. Helping service families to thrive is one of the most meaningful ways that we can use the thrill of motor sport to help those in need. The joy that has been shared over the Festival of Speed by over 300 veterans and family members has been wonderful to see, and we are hugely grateful to Thakeham for their support. They truly understand that ‘family’ and ‘community’ is what is important to individuals.

James Cameron, CEO at Mission Motorsport

This year, the all-new Fast Car Frenzy challenge featuring the giant Thakeham Spider Cranes took centre stage. Alongside water fun with a new plumbing challenge. All last year’s favourites will there too: face painting; tot car racing, treasure hunting (with real diggers!) and the mini builders’ bricklaying Big Cat Build. And, festival favourites, the Wacky Racers were happy to pose for photographs!

For more information about the Thakeham Family experience at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed please visit

We are excited to reveal new plans for the Family Area at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed

We are excited to reveal new plans for the family Area at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed


  • Spider cranes to take centre stage in this year’s Thakeham Family Area
  • Fun and games including plumbing-inspired fun, brick wall building, face painting, tot car racing and the ever-popular ball pit!
  • Situated by the Festival of Speed Startline where all the action begins!
  • The Wacky Racers are back too!

Goodwood Festival of Speed promises four days of thrilling entertainment and fun for the whole family. Last year, over 200,000 people visited the festival to enjoy The Hillclimb, the F1 Paddock, Style et Luxe and so much more. Very much part of the action, the Thakeham Family Area experience has been designed with families in mind and enjoys a prime position by the Startline.

This year, we are delighted to bring new activities to the Family Area. Our biggest new challenge features giant Thakeham Spider Cranes! Last year’s favourites will be there too: face painting; tot car racing, treasure hunting (with real diggers!) and the mini builders’ bricklaying Big Cat Build. And, festival favourites, the Wacky Racers will be back as well.

We offer the perfect spot from to enjoy the action while taking a break with the family. Overlooking the Startline, the Family Viewing area provides a great view, along with ear defenders to protect little ears! There is a big screen and covered seating from which to enjoy the action, family friendly food including ice creams, and you can pick up an exclusive Thakeham buggy, which is the perfect solution for little ones with tired legs. Arrive early to avoid disappointment!

Rob Boughton, our group managing director, says:

Last year was a wonderful Goodwood Festival of Speed for Thakeham. We felt the Thakeham Family Area offered something a little different and we are delighted so many festival attendees visited and enjoyed the team’s hospitality. We want this year to be even more memorable – so we have added cranes! We look forward to welcoming you to the Thakeham Family Area at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019.

For more information about the Thakeham Family experience at this year’s festival please visit Festival of Speed

We were delighted with feedback from visitors last year, which included:

“Thakeham Homes Diggers were great fun”
“The Thakeham stand was wonderful for my grand-daughter because Penelope Pitstop and the Wacky Racers made her day”
“I most enjoyed the care and attention at Thakeham”
“Thakeham area was fantastic for families with young children”
“I enjoyed the family focus of Thakeham”

We love sharing our news via our social media channels. You can follow us and share your Goodwood Festival of Speed photos and stories by using #Thakehamfamily #familydriven and #FOS and tag us using @thakeham

To find out more and to buy tickets, visit the Goodwood Festival of Speed website

Thakeham offers unique spin on 35 new homes on the edge of Woking

35 new homes near Woking

Thakeham has completed the construction of 35 new homes in a village near Woking.

In a break with many new developments, each individual plot at West End near Woking is completely unique. The development features a range of brick, cladding and tile finishes to complement the rural location.

West End Woking HA

Homes for affordable rent and shared ownership

The scheme, which is accessible from Kings Road and a short distance from the centre of West End, includes 14 affordable homes and 21 for private sale.

Clarion Housing, the UK’s largest social landlord owning 125,000 properties across the country, has acquired the affordable homes which are available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Building at West End began in July 2017 and Thakeham are pleased to report the final homes were delivered to Clarion within the agreed timescales and budget. In addition, an unadopted road was re-laid at the end of the development; over and above the agreed scope of the work.

West End Woking HA

Our partnership

Stuart Fullwood, Business Development Director at Thakeham, said:

West End is a great example of how collaborative and innovative thinking can bring higher quality affordable homes to reality. We hope that the homes will help delight residents old and new.

This project forms one of a number of schemes currently being developed in partnership with Clarion. Other sites are located in Portslade, Littlehampton and Elstead.

Tina Jones, Development Manager for Clarion Housing, said:

At Clarion we have a long-term ambition of delivering 50,000 new homes but at the core of our plans is a desire to help those people across the country who are being let down by the market.

Working with developers like Thakeham, we exist to deliver good quality, well-designed affordable homes that will enable families to thrive – just like these homes in the village of West End.

Billingshurst Home Builder Backs Grassroots Rugby in Horsham

Horsham Rugby Club has unveiled a new main sponsor for next season

We are proud to continue to support Horsham Rugby Club as its main sponsor and are excited to display our distinctive black and white lion branding on new rugby shirts to be worn by the 1st XV, 2nd XV and every mini age group from Under 7 up to Under 12.

We are actively engaged with local charities and in the promotion of opportunities for former armed forces veterans. We also sponsor other local community sports teams including Billingshurst Cricket Club.

Robert Boughton, Thakeham group managing director, said: “As a regional home builder, we know all about the importance of thriving local communities. Sports teams play an important part in building and maintaining the fabric of those communities. That’s why we are so pleased to support Horsham Rugby club and be the club’s main sponsor for the next three years.”

Horsham RUFC plays their home games at Coolhurst Ground Hammerpond Road in Horsham and currently has 400 playing members ranging from Under 7 to three Senior (adult) teams.

The 1st XV rugby team has won the Bob Rogers Sussex Cup Winners four years in succession. The 2018-19 season sees the 1st XV team play in London South East 2, the Lions 2nd XV play in the Sussex Reserve Team league and the 3rd XV play in Sussex 3. This season Nick Stocker continues as head coach assisted by Richard Bell, Adam Halsey and Johnny Porter. Tom Johnson is the 1st XV Captain and Michael Fisher is the Club Captain.

Horsham Rugby Club’s Vice Chairman and Commercial Manager Richard Ordidge said “We are delighted to announce that Thakeham will be the main sponsor of Horsham Rugby Club for the next three years.

“Sponsorship is vital to the Club; it helps us fund the maintenance and improvement of our facilities, which is essential as we strive to run a successful and well thought of rugby club. We have a strong responsibility to our members and are keen to attract local talent of all ages.”

Thakeham appointed to build 37 new homes as next phase of Ockford Ridge redevelopment

37 new homes at Ockford Ridge

Waverley Borough Council has appointed Sussex-based contractor and developer Thakeham to build 37 new homes on a site at Ockford Ridge in Godalming.

The range of 1,2,3 and 4-bed properties will be available for rent. Work will begin in the Spring of 2019 and is expected to continue for 18 months.

Ockford Ridge

Community benefits

The new homes will bring a whole host of additional community benefits for the Ockford Ridge area. As well as working on refurbishment at St Marks and sponsoring the SMART breakfast club, Thakeham is delivering a support programme with Green Oak Primary, where engagement will focus on health & safety, construction and ecology.

Community benefits include:

  • Refurbishment of both the Scout and Guide HQ and St Marks community centre
  • Sponsorship of SMART breakfasts at St Marks
  • A learning support programme for Green Oak Primary School
  • Funding for community clear ups
  • Sponsorship of youth work
  • A programme of support for careers in construction for Ockford residents
  • Path improvements to the Social Club

Ockford Ridge

More than just building homes

Steve Tuhey, managing director of Thakeham Client, said:

This project is going to make a massive difference to the area. It’s about much more than the homes we are building. We are working with Waverley Borough Council and the local community through the school and community centre to ensure that our time at Ockford Ridge creates a legacy for generations to come.

The scheme at Ockford Ridge will include a total of six sites, being redeveloped in phases up until 2025.  The first sixteen new homes on Site D were completed last Summer. The site being built by Thakeham is part of Waverley’s multi million investment in its housing stock. The regeneration of the estate will also see the council refurbish council owned homes at Ockford Ridge, which are not included in a redevelopment site.

Waverley Borough Council Head of Housing Delivery and Communities, Andrew Smith said:

Through a combination of refurbishment and rebuilding, we are modernising the largely 1930s housing stock at Ockford Ridge to increase the number of houses and give our residents modern, high quality homes for the future. In Thakeham we have a partner who shares our values of community and quality and we look forward to seeing the results of their community investment programme.

Holes in Fences are Great for Hedgehogs

Hedgehog Week

This week is Hedgehog Awareness Week and Thakeham continues to support the cause, helping to make sure our prickly friends are around in the wild for our children and our children’s children, for years to come.

Hedgehogs are declining in the UK at the same rate as tigers are globally, with one in three UK hedgehogs lost since 2000. The good news is, there is lots we can all do to help.


Thakeham’s commitment

In support of last year’s Hedgehog Week, armed with the knowledge that hedgehogs roam around 2km a night, we pledged to install hog holes in the garden and perimeter fences of our new home developments. These small holes are placed at ground level, measure just 130mm in diameter and enable hedgehogs to roam freely through gardens and communal areas, so they can forage for food and find suitable nesting areas.

What has Thakeham achieved?

We include hedge hog holes in our construction specification for garden and perimeter fences and are proud to have implemented this initiative at a number of our recent developments.

By working with British Hedgehog Preservation Society and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, we ensure our new homeowners have the information they need to encourage and look after any visiting hedgehogs.

“Thakeham are trend-setters! They’ve made an overt commitment to hedgehogs and are installing Hedgehog Highways throughout their new developments. We’ve lost a third of our hedgehogs since 2000, but if every developer followed Thakeham’s example, the picture would be very different.”

Hedgehog Officer, People’s Trust for Endangered Species

How can you help?

Thakeham new homeowners have been pleased to be involved and the good news is, you can help too! We’ve created a list of tips and facts to help you support the UK hedgehog in the wild. Download the infographic and share it with friends and family.

The Future

Not only do we hope our commitment helps the endangered UK hedgehog, we also wish to demonstrate that small actions taken by many can have a positive impact. We hope that by taking part in this campaign, we can raise awareness and encourage other organisations within the construction industry to commit to similar actions and initiatives.

The more of us that engage in this campaign, the more we can all raise awareness for the hedgehog. So, please share this story and let’s help save our hedgehog!

Hedgehog Infographic

Thakeham’s Hedgehog infographic gives you easy access to facts about the UK hedgehog, with tips for looking after hedgehogs visiting your garden. See our infographic below – and help to spread the word!

Thakeham pledge to help save the uk hedgehog



Rain Jacket Sponsorship Saves Soggy Eastbourne Borough FC’s Youth Team

Soggy footballers

Thakeham is proud to leap to the aid of a rather soggy amateur junior football team in need of rain jackets!


Most amateur teams simply call off the game in bad weather. But Eastbourne Borough Under 8 Tiger’s play on a 3G artificial pitch. That means most training and games goes ahead rain or shine. In rain, players and supporters alike struggle to stay dry.


When Thakeham heard about the problem for the young drenched players – especially when training, they offered to kit out the team in brand new rain jackets.

Eastbourne Borough FC first team manager Mark McGee was on hand to celebrate the sponsorship before the home game against Gloucester City on April 6th.


Go Tigers!

For Thakeham, Georgie Dawson, Group Marketing Manager said: “As a home developer, we know only too well about the perils of inclement weather when working outdoors so we have every sympathy with a young team starting to make their way in the game. We hope that a few dryer moments with our rain jackets will spur them on to success!”


Eastbourne Borough Under 8 Tigers Squad is a new team preparing for its first league campaign in 2019-20. The players have trained hard twice a week for many months now and so far the team has played 12 friendlies and won every game.


Training transformed

Head Coach Tim Brown said: “We’re very grateful to Thakeham for its kind donation. A little rain during the game isn’t a problem, but when training, or when players are waiting as substitutes on the sidelines, the rain can become an issue. 


“We love to play in the rain as much as any team. And we’re lucky that we can play when others can’t. But there’s only so much water our young footballers can take! And the new waterproofs are the perfect solution.”


Parents and young players wishing to find out more about youth football at Eastbourne Borough FC can contact

Planning permission passed for 40 affordable homes in East Sussex

40 affordable homes in Ticehurst

Plans by Optivo Housing Association to build 40 affordable homes in Ticehurst, East Sussex have been passed by Rother District Council.

The £6.6 million development will be built on a greenfield site known locally as Banky Field, with work due to begin in June 2019 and completion in late 2020.

Ticehurst CGI


Affordable rent and shared ownership

Optivo appointed Sussex-based Thakeham Client last year to oversee the development.

Optivo are a locally based housing association, who purchased the land in 2018 and will provide a mix of 20 homes for affordable rent and 20 shared ownership homes. The properties will include 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom properties, a combination of houses and flats.

Steve Tuhey, Managing Director of Thakeham Client, said:

“We are very pleased to be working with Optivo on this project and look forward to delivering much-needed affordable housing in this part of Rother.”

Ticehurst CGI


Community benefits

Access to the development will be routed to the north of the site. The homes will be built using traditional materials in keeping with the area including a blend of tile, brick and timber boarded elevations.

With a focus on open space, the site will be low density, thanks to the availability of parking bays in preference to garages. Residents will have access to 65 parking bays which includes communal visitor parking.

The project will also benefit from a large open space to the north of the site that will accommodate an informal play area. This forms part of the ongoing consultation with Ticehurst Parish Council.

Neill Tickle, Land and New Business Director at Optivo said:

We’re really pleased to partner with Thakeham, they share our vision for affordable housing within communities that need it most. We’ve engaged and consulted with local residents at every stage and we’re excited to create high-quality, affordable homes for local people.

Thakeham is delighted to sponsor the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2019

Join us in a celebration of business excellence

Thakeham is delighted to support the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2019 as Headline Sponsor.

A community we are proud to be a part of

The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards celebrate the passion and talent of the local business community – a community we are proud to be part of! We are delighted to be a Headline Sponsor for the 11th Gatwick Diamond Business Awards, along with Gatwick Airport, NatWest and Extech Cloud.

Bringing local businesses together

We are a local business employing local people and engaging with the local business community. We rely on the passion and talent of the Thakeham team and the many partners we work with, to deliver high quality new homes to the private and affordable sectors. Our dedication to place making and to enhancing communities in the South East, allows us the opportunity to work with a wide range of companies and professionals in the region. We are delighted the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards is growing in popularity and recognition.

The Gatwick Diamond region

The Gatwick Diamond business region delivers exceptional results: over 80% of the working age population is economically active with 74% Gatwick Diamond workers residents in the area. Home to more than 45,000 businesses including 550 businesses located in the largest business park in the UK, Manor Royal Business Park in Crawley. The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards bring together this community of people and businesses and the event has become one of the region’s premier business occasions – celebrating the best of the best across the Gatwick Diamond.

Who are the finalists

The award finalists were released on 14th February – follow the Gatwick Diamond Business awards on Twitter to find out more

The Award Ceremony

We are looking forward to the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 21st March at the Effingham Park Hotel. The evening will see the very best of the Gatwick Diamond Business community come together to celebrate the achievements of world-class businesses in this world-class region. This is a celebration for the whole community – not just the shortlisted and winners!

Missed entering this year’s awards?

The awards are free to enter and any business located in or trading in the Gatwick Diamond Region can enter – if you missed this years’ deadline, take the opportunity next year to enter for awards including: Green Business of the Year, Responsible Business of the Year, International Business of the Year, The Award for Customer Delight, Employer of the Year, The Award for Developing People for Business Success, The Award for Supply Chain Excellence, Manufacturing Business of the Year, Apprentice of the Year, New Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Business of the Year (Up to £1m Turnover or over £1m Turnover), and Business of the Decade. Click here to find out more.

International Women’s Day 2019

Balance for better

The International Women’s Day 2019 theme of #BalanceForBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will we help make a difference?

Throughout the campaign, we will help communicate and drive change in our own sector. While construction and housebuilding traditionally attracts more men than women, the industry is taking positive steps to attract more women into both site and office-based roles. There is huge variety and scope for an exciting career in housebuilding.

Working together

When we work together as a team, in partnership and towards common goals, we achieve great things. For us, this is about delivering new places for people to call home. We understand it is not just about what we create but how we go about it. The “how” is what defines us – our approach, our values and our commitment to deliver on our promise.


Bringing change

International Women’s Day is about bringing change around the world, across countries and cultures – not just influencing but looking to change attitudes and states of mind. It’s a big challenge but if we work together, we will achieve a better balance.

The team thinks house building is a great place to be

Click here to find out more.

Nine affordable homes delivered for Mount Green Housing Association in Ash

Nine affordable homes delivered for Mount Green Housing Association in Ash

We recently completed construction of nine affordable homes off Foreman Road in Ash, Surrey. These affordable homes are part of a residential scheme that provides a mix of market and affordable housing, meeting the substantial need for housing within the Guildford Borough.

The nine affordable units are made up of five rented and four shared ownership properties comprising one two-bed house, four two-bed flats and four three-bed houses. Bought by Mount Green, an independent housing association with homes in and around Surrey, these new homes provide sought after affordable housing in the area.

The greenfield site development comprised associated infrastructure including access, roads and footpaths, car parking, sustainable drainage system and associated landscaping.

For Thakeham, Stuart Fullwood, business development director said: “Working in partnership with Mount Green, we have delivered a further nine high quality new homes for the affordable sector. The project ran to both budget and programme and we look forward to continuing to work with Mount Green to help meet the need for affordable homes in the local area.”

Nick Ronald Mount Green chief executive said: “Mount Green was pleased to be partner with Thakeham to deliver the affordable homes element. We have partnered with Thakeham on a number of sites and welcomed the opportunity to work with them again.

“Mount Green enjoys an excellent relationship with Thakeham and this is important to us. The high quality product and the professional delivery ensures our confidence in the new homes, as we enter into our long-term maintenance commitment.”

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