This month, David Wilson Homes unveiled its first show homes at Applegate Park in Borden, Kent, with one of the show homes including a bedroom designed by Sittingbourne student, Archie Trowell. Having launched last year, local buyers are actively invited to make an appointment with a member of the sales team or to view either of the two show homes over the summer.

KS3 Students at Swale Academy Trust were tasked with creating their dream room on a mood board as part of their Design & Technology curriculum, with interior designer Andrew Henry choosing the winning design and implementing it at Applegate Park. Archie’s design included a calm grey palette throughout the walls, carpets and furniture. Other details were a desk for studying, a bean bag for relaxing, and plants for tranquillity, capturing all things needed for a pre-teen to unwind.

Both show homes are designed to appeal to young professional couples and families to demonstrate the wider lifestyle at Applegate Park. The Holden, which included Archie’s bedroom design, is best suited to growing and established family dynamics. There is a plethora of family spaces on the bottom floor which is the heart of the home, with a sociable kitchen and dining room to the rear, a separate lounge and study to the front, and a utility room and cupboard for storage solutions. The top floor has four spacious bedrooms and one en-suite, with one bedroom offering the opportunity for a work from home space or storage room.

The Bradgate, which is a four-bedroom home, incorporates contemporary design features which reflect modern needs. Split over two levels, the show home has been designed to maximise and create separate living zones featuring an open-plan kitchen and dining room, with a study and lounge to the front of the property, and four impressive sized bedrooms to the top with an en-suite to the main bedroom. This show home would perfectly appeal to those looking for more space or with a growing family, with the incorporation of a fourth bedroom which could be used for working from home needs.

Archie Trowell, winning student from Swale Academies Trust comments: “I thoroughly enjoyed seeing my design come to life. When we first received the brief in our Design & Technology lesson, I did not envisage that it would turn into something real in front of my eyes and for hundreds of people to see in a show home! It has made me realise that I have a keen eye for creativity, and it makes me really happy to know that my design was chosen by an experienced Interior Designer and I was given a fantastic opportunity.”

Visitors to the brand-new show homes at Applegate Park can find out more about David Wilson Kent’s sustainable construction measures and energy efficient design, including fuel-efficient boilers and high levels of insulation which ensure that a new David Wilson home is up to 64% cheaper to run than the same sized older home with modern day improvements. As such, new homeowners at Applegate Park could save up to £2,200 on their energy bills each year . Furthermore, the wider development at Applegate Park has 3.21 acres of green open space, along with planned allotments exclusive to residents and a rugby pitch for all to enjoy.

Andrew Henry, Director at Andrew Henry Interiors comments: “It is always a joy to design show homes for David Wilson Kent, however creating The Holden has been extra special due to the inclusion of Archie’s bedroom design. All the designs from Swale Academy Trust were fantastic, but Archie’s just stood out to us from the start. We felt it had real thought and consideration throughout, and we loved the detailed narrative description behind it to show how all the elements would come together to create the perfect space for a pre-teen. It is fantastic to be able to showcase to the younger generation that their subjects in school, such as Design & Technology, can lead to a careers like Interior Design – and a number of students definitely have an eye for it!”

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for David Wilson Kent, comments: “Our homes at Applegate Park have all been designed with family living in mind, and the new Holden and Bradgate show homes represent this ideal perfectly. Our commitment to family living also goes further than the show homes themselves, with a proposed primary school on the site, as well as sports pitches for all to enjoy. We are building a community here in Borden, and we are so glad we were able to have a local child in Archie to put his stamp on one of the show homes and work closely with Swale Academies Trust on the project.

“The wider Sittingbourne area is a fantastic place to live, set on the edge of The Swale channel, and with the Kent Downs Area of Natural Beauty to the south. While coast and country are never too far away, residents can also enjoy the comforts of the shops and restaurant amenities at their fingertips, thanks to a recent period of investment and regeneration in the town.”

The village’s rural setting offers new homeowners the opportunity to access a wealth of countryside walks, while Sittingbourne town centre is just 1.4 miles away, offering an array of shops and restaurants, including an artisan market. Sittingbourne Station is just a five-minute drive from Applegate Park, offering regular services to London St Pancras in less than an hour. Key road links offer speedy access to Canterbury, Maidstone and Ashford in 30, 25 and 45 minutes respectively.

Currently available at Applegate Park is a collection of three and four-bedroom houses, with prices starting from £449,995 for a three-bedroom home.

For more information on the development, please visit or call 0330 057 2222.