Creating high quality places is absolutely what we do. We tailor the designs of our sites to create long-term physical value and increase the longevity and walkability of our places."
Everyone agrees: the UK needs more housing and it needs housing in places that people want to live in and that provide the services – transport, schools, recreation – that are equally important. Our mantra that “flexibility is better than prophecy” ensures we design our developments with the ability to evolve and respond to innovations and changing trends. We continue to create places that allow people to live sustainable and healthy lives, designing sustainability into our sites from the very beginning.
To support our approach within this capital, we consider the following objectives describe what we do and ensure we create long-term physical value across our developments:
The physical infrastructure we build, such as schools, bus stops, roads and utility services, not only generates links with the existing communities, but it also provides value to the communities we create. As a Master Developer, we seek to recycle, decontaminate and reuse materials wherever possible on site and we embed Active Design Principles at each stage of our design process.
The way we power homes in the UK is rapidly changing; this is why we ensure that our energy strategy for each development is flexible and meets the changing demands of the future. Our mantra continues to be based upon a fabric first approach to embed energy conservation and use within the design as well as continuing to utilise self and regenerated energy through photovoltaic, ground source heat pumps, battery storage and hot wastewater recycling, for example.
We acknowledge the UK Government’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, and the part new housing developments have to play in achieving the transition to a low carbon economy. As part of our approach to build places that are resilient to the impacts of a warming climate, we consider the potential overheating performance of the buildings, and install sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) to ensure appropriate ground water management.
The development of large-scale sites creates new places, but it is essential to anchor those places in the heritage of an area to provide a genuine sense of place. We seek to ensure that heritage buildings have a long-term viable future and will be fully adopted by the new community.
Travel planning is essential to ensure people living and working on our sites can access what they need quickly and sustainably. We promote a culture of cycling and walking and have integrated these considerations into our plans right across our portfolio of sites; this aims to not only limit the impact of our new developments on existing transport networks, but to also encourage our residents to enjoy healthy lifestyles.
We create quality outdoor public spaces and facilities for people to enjoy. As part of our design we ensure that the provision of the green infrastructure network and also core community facilities, such as cricket pitches, allotments and schools, is available as soon as possible and continues to grow with the community.