Alconbury Weald: New Jobs, New Homes & Green Energy – The 1st seeds start to grow
AS ONE DOOR SHUTS ANOTHER ONE OPENS.
PHASE 1: Sustainability and Local Sourcing
Although Alconbury Weald has been progressing for the last 4 years, it is now time for a huge leap in the development process with phase 1 getting underway. Urban & Civic have been working hard on planning and travel, working with the local community and council to make things happen and happen all in the best way possible for our community.
I have now been to The Weald and seen in depth plans for what they are trying to accomplish and I must say I am very excited, and I hope you will be too.
Just speaking with the team and seeing their enthusiasm, excitement and knowledge really gave me a sense that they are taking pride in what they are doing and demonstrating a real understanding of the local area. This is illustrated through the local sourcing of both materials and labour to create a sustainable working project, for both people and the environment.
Throughout the site there will be at least 250,000 trees planted and to achieve this, instead of buying fully grown trees, they are utilising the time throughout the phases to grow their own with seeds from neighbouring forests to keep the site in tune with current surroundings.
Furthermore, building and contractual work is being handed to local businesses and local workmen. There is a real sense that the project is helping not only The Weald GROW, but our area GROW.
So what can be expected in Phase 1?
Phase 1 will see the start of the first homes being built: 128 homes have just commenced, comprising different styles and sizes, with properties from 2 beds to 5 beds.
18 hectares of residential land will be the basis for the first homes, along with the primary school which has already begun ground works.
The above will be named Ermine Village and will have an entrance on Ermine Street with a projected completion and opening between summer and September 2016.
Tim Leathes, Development Director for Urban & Civic, said:
“This is good progress and keeps our delivery on track for the first homes at Alconbury Weald. Most importantly, in Hopkins Homes, we have found a partner who shares our commitment to high quality design.
I am also pleased that we have been able to work with a local house builder, who has a long term commitment to quality housing in the area and who is committed to supporting our jobs and skills targets through the construction process.”
Hopkins Homes is the largest independent house builder in East Anglia, providing much-needed new homes across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex.
Simon Bryan, Development Director at Hopkins Homes, said:
“We are delighted to have been chosen as the house building partner by Urban & Civic to build for the first new houses at Alconbury Weald. The first phase will establish the gateway into the wider development.
All Hopkins Homes developments are founded on a commitment to excellent design and quality that reflects the tradition and character of each community.
The vision for Ermine Village is to create a sustainable community that will benefit new residents and the existing local community. We look forward to making this vision become a reality and begin the development of Alconbury Weald.”
It is clear that the project is well on track and phase 2 will soon be upon us, with lots more to tell you about and more exciting news to report about what will be a huge help to our community and infrastructure: driving people, industry and trade our way.
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DID YOU KNOW…
…The reason it is called Alconbury Weald?
Before becoming an airfield in 1938 this piece of land was a thriving woodland area.
The word WEALD means Upland forest Woodland.
Keeping everything in tune again with setting and surroundings The Weald seed has been planted and we can’t wait to see what it blossoms into.
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