Sue van Leest

The Salisbury Fellows Network of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) hosted a fascinating presentation of the unique Our Wilton building project.

Operations Manager Sue van Leest told the meeting that it was the UK’s first development to create homes and training, support and enterprise opportunities for ex-servicemen and women.

Sue said that the project was transforming the former Erskine Barracks in Wilton into a purpose-built community-based campus for service veterans with homes, an innovative enterprise hub, community café and  nursery.  It is managed by Our Wilton, a community interest company and charity.  Sue said:

Veterans will rent for a period of between six and 24 months while they receive business skills training to launch their own businesses.   Redrow Homes are partnering with Our Enterprise on the project and are building 292 private homes on other parts of the site.

Sue has been the Operations Manager on the Our Wilton project since its earliest stages and is responsible for liaising with contractors, veterans and the public; developing relationships with prospective partners; and ensuring that the project is fully integrated into the community

The project was highly commended in the category of Planning for Housing Growth at the national Planning & Placemaking Awards, which recognise projects that are helping to improve local areas.