As professional rugby players with Exeter Chiefs, Julian Salvi and Moray Low are not shy of getting stuck into a new challenge in a competitive environment, either on or off the pitch. Last year the duo decided to expand their horizons beyond the rugby world and embark on a new venture as property developers, a move that they hope will inspire other sportsmen and women to branch out and follow in their footsteps.
From left to right: Moray Low, Dan Stone, Jack Dicker & Julian Salvi
Tomahawk Homes are making their debut on the Devon property development scene with the first of many innovative, high quality builds about to commence in the heart of sought-after Bishopsteignton. Fashioned to centre around open plan living, ‘Legacy’ is a luxurious contemporary bungalow with smart design features aimed at the high-end lifestyle market.
The property has been designed to receive maximum benefit from the Devon sunshine. It will be fitted with a mono-pitched roof to maximise the solar gains of the site and provide an elevation for feature high ceilings and expansive windows, flowing onto a generous south facing garden. This fantastic high-end bungalow project is the first of many in the pipeline with new sites already under consideration for commencement later in the year.
The catalyst for Tomahawk Homes was a lecture from Will Smith (MD of ‘Complete Estate and Letting Agents’). This initial spark of inspiration led Low and Salvi to start exploring the business network of the rugby world in Devon, building partnerships with numerous well-known local firms including Nevada Construction, Kensington Taylor Architects, RGB Building Supplies – and of course ourselves at Archilime!
“It’s been very humbling to have the support of many, from the accountants that helped us with company set-up through to the architects and builders who we are working with now.”
At present the project is only a matter of days away from full site clearance – then the real adventure begins! Getting to this point has been a steep learning curve for the fledgling property developers. No strangers to the highs and lows of adrenaline, the pair confess that the thrills and spills along the way simply add to the rush they enjoy from their rugby playing careers.
They had hoped to break ground by November of last year, underestimating the many administrative hurdles to jump in order for the site to be approved such as percolation tests and ecology reports. The pivotal moment for the pair came when full planning permission was granted for their first project and they finally knew that their vision would become reality.
When asked about future projects, although there are already other developments in the initial scoping stages, the guys show characteristic focus and tactical reserve in their approach.
“We don’t want to look too far ahead just yet. It’s important that we get ‘Legacy’ done first and learn along the way. This will then give us a good platform and framework for future developments.”
We at Archilime are thrilled to be partnering with Tomahawk Homes to take forward their project and inspire more young sports players to consider property development – and it seems like they are glad to be working with us too!
“It’s amazing how much the CGIs from Archilime bring our development to life. Needless to say, sharing these on our website and on social media has only enhanced our reputation. We want to be recognised for our quality and when you work with respected professionals such as Archilime it’s inevitable.”
Further information on the project can be obtained from their website, www.tomahawkhomes.co.uk. Or follow the progress of this and future builds on twitter (@TomahawkHomes), Facebook (Tomahawk Homes), Instagram (tomahawk_homes) or on LinkedIn (tomahawk-homes).