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Location, location, location - Midlothian


Midlothian is a jewel in the crown as it offers all the benefits of a rural lifestyle, but is close enough to Edinburgh to enjoy all the delights a city has to offer.

Not only are there lots of opportunities to take advantage of scenic walks and breath-taking views, but the area boasts an array of historical buildings, such as castles, palaces and abbeys. Most famous, and definitely worth a visit, is the iconic 15th century Rosslyn Chapel which became world renowned after featuring in the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code.

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, Vogrie Country Park is a great place to go with the family and take advantage of woodland walks, play areas, picnics and golfing, whereas creepy crawly enthusiasts can make their way to Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World. Not only is this tropical rainforest filled with an array of fluttering insects, but there are also other items worth getting up close to like snakes, scorpions and spiders. Kids love it and it is educational for them too.

For action-seeking families, Midlothian Snowsports Centre is great fun. Offering the opportunity to ski or snowboard on a dry slope, having a go at tubing is guaranteed to raise some laughter from adults and squeals from kids. Who knew that sitting on a giant inflatable donut could produce lots of entertainment!

After a busy day exploring, Midlothian has an array of eateries, from fine dining to a quick pit stop. The luxurious Melville Castle hotel is a popular choice for weddings, but this family-run venue is wonderful place to go for a special occasion dinner followed by a stroll around the perfectly manicured grounds.

With over 50 homes, ranging from spacious two bedroom apartments to five bed family homes, currently available over four stunning locations in Midlothian, we have something for everyone looking to make a move on the property ladder. Only seven* miles from Edinburgh city centre and surrounded by gorgeous countryside Midlothian is the ideal location for those seeking the best of both worlds.

There are many great transport links including frequent bus services to various areas in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians. There is also the Straiton Park and Ride to encourage you to leave your car where possible. For more information on the buses servicing Midlothian please visit the Lothian Buses website.

The Borders railway line which launched at the beginning of September has improved transport links between Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. Several of our developments in Midlothian are close to the Eskbank train station. For more information on trains servicing Midlothian please visit the Scotrail website.

Our developments are also within easy access of the City of Edinburgh Bypass, allowing easy travel throughout the central belt and to Edinburgh Airport.

You don’t have to leave Midlothian to go to your favourite high street stores, Straiton Retail Park is home to the likes of Ikea, Next and TK Maxx, as well as Supermarkets Sainburys and Asda. The retail park also includes several eateries making it a great place for a day out.

If you are moving into the area with children you’ll find that Midlothian is home to many primary and secondary schools. The secondary schools closest to our developments include, Lasswade High School, Dalkeith High School and St David’s RC High School. Visit Midlothian Council’s website for more information on education.

For armchair sports fans, there’s a selection of family friendly bars offering live sports providing a great way to keep up to date with the Rugby World Cup, F1 and Wimbledon over the summer.

Not to be missed is the Midlothian Science Festival which is on until 17th October at various venues across the region offering something for everyone from stargazing, bat spotting to brewery tours.

Looking for a more relaxed activity, then check out one of the local libraries, which as well as being home to a wide range of novels and factual books, holds regular events and activities. The library also hires out CDs, DVDs and console games and is a fantastic archive resource for those looking to trace back people and events from years gone by.

When it comes to keeping the whole family entertained, Midlothian certainly offers a variety of things to enjoy.

*Our Glenesk development in Lasswade is seven miles from Edinburgh city centre.

Image by Chen Zhao and licensed via Creative Commons 

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Live more sustainably

bag for life

As the cold winter months are approaching we’re all thinking about ways to save money. This can be hard with Christmas and energy bills creeping up. The good news is buying new can help you to save on your energy bills and live more sustainably.

Earlier this year we created an infographic on sustainable living and creating a better place to live. It provides you with some great advice about living sustainably. You’ll find out what changes you can make to lower your utility bill cost but you’ll also learn why it’s important to look after our resources, rather than wasting them.

New build homes are more energy efficient than refurbished or old homes and are much kinder to the environment. They are more comfortable to live in because they are warmer and because they are specifically designed to be energy efficient, they also have more natural light.  Of course, they also have lower running costs too which is great for everyone. For example, a three bed detached new build house could cost up to 52 per cent less to run than an ‘upgraded’ Victorian home while a four bed detached new build house could cost 55 per cent less to run than an ‘upgraded’ Victorian home – that’s less money spent on running the house and more money which can be saved or spent elsewhere. 

New homes are great because they are insulated and more energy efficient, and as the demand for energy is increasing we need to preserve it as much as possible. The Environment Agency found that houses in the UK are responsible for 30 per cent of energy use in the UK, 27 per cent of carbon emissions and 24 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s important to ensure that we are doing all that we can to look after and now waste our energy resources.

Our new homes have ‘Smart Meter’ technology which enables people to have better control over their energy usage. Smart Meters send your energy usage to your energy supplier in addition to giving them information on the CO2 emissions from your home, thanks to this technology people can see and understand how much they are using – which enables them to manage their usage and bills better. If needed, Smart Meters also have audio technology which warns you when you exceed your energy usage – preventing you from spending unnecessarily and wasting energy.

Although new homes are now built with cavity walls, which could save you £140 a year in heating because they provide insulation, there are still many other ways that you can cut down utility bills by simply making a few changes around the home. There are also some other small steps you can take to help reduce, reuse and recycle.

People in the UK use an estimated 10 billion plastic bags a year - more than 150 per person, and this accounts for a fifth of all plastic packaging used in the UK. The carrier bag charge was introduced in a bid to reduce the number of plastic bags going to landfill. Within the first year of the policy being launched in Scotland, 147 million less carrier bags were handed out in shops and businesses. In Wales the charge led to a 79% decrease in plastic bags taken in the first three years and in Scotland the number of ‘bags for life’ used quadrupled last year.

With the introduction of a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags in England, we are helping households prepare with a free stylish shopper giveaway. As a business, one element of our business philosophy, The Miller Difference, is about helping our customers and employees to live more sustainably.  By launching our own bag for life, we hope to play a small part in helping them achieve this.

The first 100 people to register on our website using the following special link (https://www.millerhomes.co.uk/register?c=bagforlife)*  will receive a bag. Additionally bags will also be distributed via sales centres when customers reserve their new home and to all of our employees.

So, if you are in the market for a new home, a new build is definitely worth considering as the energy efficiency figures really do speak for themselves. We currently have 67 developments across the UK and provide high quality homes to suit the needs of people at all stages on the property ladder.

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Location, Location, Location - Derbyshire

Langley Country Park

England’s central counties benefit from excellent transport links, vibrant towns and cities and beautiful countryside. The heart of Derbyshire showcases the best of Britain and here at Miller Homes we have a number of exclusive developments across the region.

It’s no secret that we’re renowned for seeking out the most desirable locations and our two latest developments in Derbyshire are helping continue that tradition. Langley Country Park and Somersgate are perfectly placed for both commuting and leisure, and they now host our new homes.

Somersgate is situated in the historic picturesque village of Repton, between Burton-on-Trent and Derby. It has excellent road and rail links, is within 10 minutes walk of amenities including pubs and shops and is a short drive from East Midlands Airport.

House hunters looking for the perfect place to put down roots, might also want to consider our Langley Country Park development. Just three miles from the city of Derby the development offers a wonderful sense of country living, served by excellent access to walks and cycling routes.

For families, there is the added bonus of high performing schools in the area with Langley Country Park in the catchment area for Ecclesbourne Secondary School. Ofsted has described the school as ‘outstanding’.

Somersgate too sits in close proximity to Repton School, one of the very finest co educational boarding and day schools in the country which stands on the historic site of a 12th Century Augustinian Priory.

Derbyshire nestles at the very heart of the region and is home to the Peak District National Park and all its splendour. Lofty rolling hills sit alongside lush green valleys and pretty towns and villages that keep pleasure seekers returning time after time.

The peaks of Mam Tor and Kinder Scout are very popular tourist destinations, along with the towns of Bakewell and Buxton. Thousand of visitors from across the UK and abroad are drawn to the Duke of Devonshire’s stately home Chatsworth House. Its gilded gold facade, internal treasures and expansive gardens are steeped in history.

Many other Derbyshire properties, parks and gardens are opened to the public by the National Trust. Calke Abbey, Hardwick Hall, High Peak Estate, Ilam Park, Kedleston Hall, Longshaw Estate near Hathersage, and Sudbury Hall on the Staffordshire border all welcome Trust members.

If engineering interests you more, the National Tramway Museum at Crich, Peak Rail steam railway, Midland Railway, and the cable cars above Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath might make for a great day out.

In the north of the county, three large reservoirs, Howden, Derwent and Ladybower, and the surrounding moorland attracts walkers, cyclists and fishermen alike.

Alongside all the natural beauty, both Somersgate and Langley Country Park are just a stones throw from Derby’s thriving city centre. With a whole host of restaurants and bars to choose from, the city’s iconic Cathedral Quarter offers something for everyone.

For more information on our latest developments in Derbyshire please call the team at Somersgate on 03331 305 576 and Langley Country Park on 0808 278 1365.

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Location, Location, Location – Longridge


It’s long been said that the three most important things when looking to buy a new home are location, location and location.  However, ‘location’ can cover many things whether it’s access to schools, transport networks, breathtaking views or even proximity to friends and family.

If we take a look at our fabulous new Romans Crossing development in Longridge, it helps us understand what the key elements are that go into a development’s location and why it is proving to be one of the most popular locations with house hunters in the area.

Located on the southern edge of Longridge, the development offers homeowners excellent access to bus, rail and road links to the region’s work places and shops.  With Preston less than 8 miles away, and the larger cities of Manchester, Liverpool and London available via the West Coast Main Line or M6, the location is popular with those who need access for work and yet who enjoy a quieter home life.

Having easy access to bustling centres means that there is a host of local amenities on the door. In Longridge there is a range of major and independent retailers including a post office, off licence, pharmacist, ironmonger, Co-op supermarket, clothing and gift shops, food takeaways and other speciality traders. There is also a farmers market held at the heritage centre once a month.

The beautifully refurbished The Palace cinema that dates back to 1912 and still reflects a classic silver screen ambiance and yet boasts the very latest digital equipment.  For those looking for more modern luxuries, Preston includes a modern multiplex cinema as well as The Guildhall and Charter theatres.

If you enjoy being busy or socializing at weekends, Longridge provides an superb range of restaurants, bars and traditional pubs as well as easy access to the southern edge of the Forest of Bowland where there are excellent local heritage trails as well as cycle and walking paths.

One of the key factors that make the location so good for families is having access to quality local schools.  Roman’s Crossing has easy access to a number of great primary schools including; Longacre C of E Primary, Barnacre Road Primary and St Wilfrid’s RC Primary all of which have been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.  For those with secondary school children, Longridge High and St Cecilia’s RC High are also found less than 15 minute walk away.

Having a home in a great location is also about enjoying the ease of everyday living, whether it’s the little things such as being able to pop out for a pint of milk to knowing where to take the kids on a bike ride. Romans Crossing has it all including a strong sense of community fostered through its traditional streetscapes.  With all this in place we’ve little doubt that proximity to friends will soon also be added as yet another reason why this is proving to be such a great location.

For more information on Romans Crossing or any of our other developments please visit our website

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Meet the Team - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Career profile: Michael Jackson

Build Manager for the Midlands, based in Derby.

Can you describe a bit about what your job involves?

As Build Manager for the Midlands region I have responsibility for ensuring that everything during the build process runs smoothly from a contractual point of view. I oversee the work of the Contracts Managers and although I’m based in our Derby office I spend a great deal of time out and about.

My job includes deciding on staffing requirements, recruiting site staff, monitoring site progress to agreed programmes and providing ongoing support for site managers during the build process. I also liaise with our sub-contractors to ensure they meet their obligations and targets in terms of quality and production. 

This is an important stage in the delivery of ‘The Miller Difference’, helping support the delivery of high quality homes within agreed timescales.  

How did you get into your chosen career? What experience and qualifications do you have?

My background has always been in the building trade. I have 22 years’ experience in the sector and previously worked as a sub-contract bricklayer before joining Miller Homes in 2000.  I started as an assistant site manager here and have developed my skills, becoming a Contracts Manager in May 2013 before recently being appointed Build Manager.

I’m also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building and have a NVQ Level 6 in construction management which has helped me along the way.

What attracted you to a career with Miller Homes?

I was working as a bricklayer when someone approached me about an opportunity at Miller Homes. I jumped at the chance, as Miller Home’s reputation in the industry is second to none. I also knew there was an opportunity to progress on a personal level and I haven’t looked back since. It sounds like a cliché, but no two days are the same and that’s what makes the job so rewarding.

What would you say to someone looking to enter the industry?

Do it! It is a great industry with so much opportunity to progress and learn. To be a success in this sector you have to be open to learning, as you’ll never know it all, so make sure you ask plenty of questions. Decision-making is a huge part of the industry too so often you have to trust your gut and believe in yourself. It’s challenging and fun in equal measure and for the right person the industry is the best place to be.

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