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About Taylor Wimpey
The sustainable regeneration of a former industrial site in Stratford Upon Avon.
We have undertaken extensive remediation and demolition work on this former egg packing station, which previously contained a number of timber and concrete block barns. We have recycled all materials generated by the demolition process, thereby reducing the amount of waste generated.
The development was designed working closely with the Local Authority’s (LA) urban designer from an early stage, this collaborative design process has strengthened the working relationship with the LA. Design features of the scheme include a central public open space and high quality hard landscaping features with use of block paving and gravel. Urban design at the Hathaways has focused on many of the Building for Life principles. We particularly focused on the design of the street scene and the development has a strong, continuous frontage of different styles of homes using diverse building materials. Sustainable urban drainage principles have been applied across the site and we are providing two swales for surface water drainage and attenuation.
Photovoltaic cells are being installed on a number of homes (solar panels for the generation of electricity), and the cells will reduce a minimum of 10% of the carbon dioxide emissions from the total energy requirements of the development. The affordable homes will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level three, and many of the homes comply with Lifetime Homes standards.
We undertook extensive consultation with the community both before and after the planning application for the scheme. Initially we completed a flyer drop to the surrounding areas to inform the community about our proposals for the site, and subsequently we held a number of drop-in sessions for local people to view our plans. We erected boards in the Local Council offices to make sure that those who could not make the drop in sessions could view plans and provide feedback.
The public realm areas will be managed by a private management company, however, we are providing the residents with a number of flexible options to manage these areas by trust in the future.
In addition to the formal public consultation, we have engaged more informally with the local community. The senior site manager invited brick laying students and their lecturer to visit the site to get hands on experience of house building and to learn current techniques and technologies.
Site manager Bob Parker said: ‘“We take pride in employing time-honoured skills alongside the best modern materials, ensuring that the homes we are building are the highest standard. Sharing these processes and keeping our sites safe for those who work there and for the local community, is very important to us.”
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