The mix of tenures included private as well as social and key worker homes, and provided an opportunity to implement a range of sustainable development options into the comprehensive masterplan.
Innovative energy strategies included solar heating, and ground source heating and cooling, with sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and reed bed cleansing providing a combined drainage and runoff solution for the site. The creation of ‘green ecological networks’ and wildlife corridors provided a site that integrates into the green urban setting, enhancing the wildlife value of the site and environs.
Greengage staff undertook the baseline environmental surveys, and environmental masterplanning for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and planning application. This included the creation of wildflower meadows, nectar rich butterfly and bee gardens, and areas for birds to create the feel of an ‘urban forest’.
Greengage also outlined the potential renewable energy options, with input into the sustainable design of the building fabric and orientation. BREEAM & EcoHomes assessments were also carried out with advice and input being given to the design teams on how to achieve the high sustainability targets.