Why Move To Telford
Taking great pride in the history and traditions of its industrial past, Telford is the largest town in Shropshire and one of the fastest-growing towns in the UK, due to its connections to the M54 and closeness to the employment hub of Birmingham.
Named after the Scottish-born civil engineer, Thomas Telford, the town is unique in that it is a planned ‘New Town’, designed to relocate populations in poor or bombed-out housing following the Second World War. As such it enjoys a purposely built infrastructure designed to maintain industrial and business growth.
Telford’s economic performance, as measured by GVA per capita, does not disappoint and has tended to out-perform those achieved nationally, as well as the West Midlands and other local regions. In addition to a thriving manufacturing sector, an expanding tourism sector and enviable research and development facilities, large corporates such as EDS and Fujitsu also now call Telford home.
As well as a colourful industrial history, Telford has created a residential environment structured towards facilitating enhanced leisure and living standards. The first phase of the £250 million Southwater redevelopment project is now complete and is set to transform the town centre into an 18-hour shopping and leisure centre.
Excellent leisure facilities combined with a good selection of high performing state comprehensives make it a natural choice for families, whereas, its excellent local connections to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and other major towns and cities make it an attractive commuter option for young professionals.
Things to do in Telford
Telford town centre’s regeneration has seen it become an attractive place with plenty of things to do for all ages and interests. The world-famous Ironbridge, a UNESCO heritage site and the Telford Steam Railway both pay homage to the town’s industrial roots and are well worth a visit.
From the Wrekin hills to the meandering River Severn meanders which cascades all the way through to Ironbridge, Telford is awash with natural wonders to go out and explore. To the east is a glorious if somewhat, unimaginatively named 450-acre ‘Town Park’ where play equipment, as well as bicycles are available for hire.
The town park is also home to Wonderland, a great option for entertaining small children with nursery rhymes and fairy tales brought to life by actors. Nearby Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom also makes a great and educational day out.
For the town’s size it has many semi-professional and amateur sports teams to get behind, from the regular football and rugby teams, to ice hockey and American football leagues. The ice rink is also available for people to learn how to skate.
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