The house that Luke built

A talented young bricklayer has recently celebrated moving into a house that he helped to build at a popular housing development in Wigston.

Luke Martin (23) completed his bricklaying apprenticeship with Westleigh Homes in 2015 and has moved into his Mayne at Thornhill Fields, the leading housebuilder’s collection of two, three and four-bedroom homes, where he has been living with fiancée Matia Birch (23), a nurse, since June.

During his course, Luke split his time between studying at Leicester College and gaining hands-on experience at Westleigh’s developments across the Midlands, including Thornhill Fields, plus Hawkesbury Place in Coventry and Butterfields in Boothville, Northamptonshire.

‘When I first began as an apprentice, I quickly learned that Westleigh is a great company to work for,’ he said.   

‘During the time that I’ve spent with them, I feel as though I’ve come such a long way and I’ve gained plenty of confidence in myself and my own ability.’

It was shortly after construction began on Thornhill Fields and Luke had started working on the development that he decided that it would be the perfect place to live.

‘I always wanted a new build home, and I was really impressed by the scope of the development when I first saw the plans and drawings,’ he continues.

‘Not only is the area really nice, but the idea of working on the same development that I live on was a big pull factor, so I saved up enough money to reserve a house there!’