Vistry Group’s 763-home development in Hucknall has been officially named “Byron Park” thanks to the creative input of two National Church of England Academy students.
The winners, Liam and another student in Year 8, suggested the name "Byron" in a nod to the renowned English poet, George Gordon Byron, widely considered one of the greatest figures of the Romantic movement. Lord Byron’s resting place is close to the development site in The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Hucknall. The prize for winning entry included a £50 high street voucher of their choice, which was split between the lucky winners.
Vistry, the UK’s leading provider of affordable mixed-tenure homes, invited local community members and students to propose names inspired by local character, historic landmarks, and notable figures in a chance to name the new development. The new name, Byron Park, will now feature on all marketing materials and signage associated with the development.
Anneka Jones, Social Value Co-ordinator, Vistry Group said: "We wanted to build a connection with the community right from the beginning and involving students from the National CofE Academy in the naming process was a step in the right direction."
Construction is scheduled to commence in February 2025, and the development forms part of a Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE), featuring a mix of 1- to 5-bedroom homes, open spaces, retained trees, and hedgerows. A Skills Academy, school, council buildings, and a local centre are also being built as part of the project. Notably, 17.6% of the homes will be designated as affordable, contributing to the development's commitment to social value.
As Hucknall eagerly awaits the groundbreaking in February, Byron Park will become a symbol of community collaboration and Vistry hopes to continue to build on this connection with the Academy and the local area.