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Change For The Better

12.10.21

With the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP26 the consciousness of the world is focusing on the effects we, as a society have on the environment. This concern is seen in the priorities of homebuyers, as they now often look for more energy efficient and greener homes; and developers are adapting. By incorporating green spaces and adopting ways to reduce carbon emissions during construction, modern developers are much more aware of carbon footprints and are actively trying to reduce them, echoing the concerns and values of modern buyers.

With that in mind, this week Abode2 showcases some of the top UK developments which have factored in sustainability, through efforts such as including greenspaces and protecting, and even increasing, biodiversity levels.

Firstly, we took a stroll around Foal Hurst Green.

Ecology is woven into the fabric of the homes’ design, with an overall net biodiversity gain across the site of 42%. Properties are built using photovoltaic technology to reduce emissions during construction and are fitted with energy-efficient fixtures to continue this reduction long-term.

The development is designed to complement the adjacent 29-acre Foal Hurst Wood next door, retaining much of the natural landscape including mature trees and hedgerows, alongside the creation of a new five-acre nature reserve that connects to the woodland and enhances residents’ feeling of proximity to country life. A duck pond, bandstand, and play areas form the centrepiece of the site – a charming outlook and a focus for the inviting neighbourhood.

Bat and bird boxes will also be installed on buildings and trees as part of an ongoing site-wide management programme that will actively manage and promote the rich ecological value of the site.

Internally all homes are designed to be contemporary and convenient, perfect for busy modern lives, featuring high specification kitchens complete with Silestone worktops and fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Open-plan living spaces are designed with freedom and flexibility in mind, with full height windows that allow the room to be flooded with natural daylight and provide access to private gardens.

Prices at Foal Hurst Green start from £255,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, and £452,500 for a three-bedroom house.

www.berkeleygroup.co.uk

 

The second of our visits was to White City Living.

Since starting work on site in August 2016, St James has delivered an 83% net gain in biodiversity at White City Living by delivering the first phase of the new public park. Enhancing biodiversity and giving life to a spectacular landscape is key to St James’ regeneration vision; more than 450 native trees have been hand-selected along with a wide variety of native planting, which will provide valuable habitats for a range of wildlife. The water features include a natural water filtration system, to support aquatic life.

Located in the heart of West London, White City Living is the highly anticipated next chapter of the White City opportunity area, offering over 1,800 new homes including suites, apartments and penthouses. The Skymark Collection is the latest range of homes to launch at White City Living and all properties boast outdoor space, a high specification throughout and benefit from elevated park and city views.

St James will also create an area for habitat and the provision of habitat for insects. Key features include the wide range of flowering plant species which will provide both a substantial nectar and pollen resource and the diversity of habitat, for example different depths of substrate and / or slightly raised pavers, timbers feature and the maintenance schedule to sustain this overall resource.

The development is set within eight acres of parks and oriental water gardens with features including water bridges, aquatic planting, a waterfall and cascades. At the heart of this new landscaping is Exhibition Park, a new five-acre park.

All apartments provide plenty of living space without compromising on practical necessities like storage and privacy, as well as access to private open space, with all homes coming with either a terrace or balcony.

Prices start from £845,000.

www.berkeleygroup.co.uk

Abode2 then explored Greenwich Millennium Village.

The Ecology Park, a four-acre freshwater wetland site, comprises two lakes and areas of beach, marsh, meadow and wet woodland with a network of wooden boardwalks, bird hides and special features to attract wildlife

The development’s masterplan, initially drawn up by the late Ralph Erskine, prides itself on sustainable and practical urban design. With an emphasis on humanist design principles, Erskine sought to invite people to live and work at this urban development through a people-focused lens.

The four-acre Ecology Park harbours a diverse range of wildlife while Southern Park envelops homes in swathes of green space to enjoy. 85 species of bird can be seen in the ecology park as well as over 60,000 shrubs and 12,000 trees which have been planted, providing areas of natural beauty for both residents and visitors from the wider community to enjoy. The ponds and islets attract up to 85 species of migrating and estuarine birds, while the wider site is a haven for a variety of dragonflies, butterflies, damselflies and bees.

Connecting the village to the Thames, a ‘green corridor’ acts as the development’s membrane throughout, while picturesque lakes, ponds, marshland, meadows, woodland and beaches, transport residents and visitors out of the city. With plenty to explore by foot or on bike, the entire peninsula boasts 50 acres of parkland making Greenwich Millennium Village one of the most sustainable communities in London.

67 Park Central – the latest phase at Greenwich Millennium Village - comprises 115 one to three-bedroom apartments boast panoramic views of the development’s parkland, the River Thames and of the capital. What’s more, each home is guaranteed private outdoor space in the form of a balcony, terrace or ‘courtyard garden’.

Guide prices for one to three-bedroom apartments at 67 Park Central range from £449,995.

www.greenwichmillenniumvillage.co.uk

For our final visit, we took a look around King’s Road Park.

The landscaping at King’s Road Park has been designed with biodiversity front of mind, incorporating a variety of elements that promote wildlife (including species of bees, birds, beetles and bats), with bird boxes, climate resilient tress and planting, a mixed mosaic habitat on the rooftops. The harvesting of rainwater for the irrigation of the communal landscaping is another unique and sustainable feature of King’s Road Park.

This sustainable new neighbourhood will offer a beautifully appointed range of suites, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and penthouses, each boasting a private terrace or balcony and many with views across the surrounding landscaping.

King’s Road Park will be a new landscape-led neighbourhood will comprise more than 1,800 high quality homes and 23,000 square feet of exceptional residents’ facilities alongside a considered mix of restaurants, bars and offices set within six acres, including a public park, central square and residents’ garden, which take inspiration from classic English country gardens.

Alongside the extensive public green spaces, residents of the first phase at King’s Road Park have access to a private courtyard garden with formal lawns, ornamental water feature and maze, along with a knot garden, seating areas, and lounge with atrium and dedicated Wi-Fi-enabled outdoor workspaces.

Just 60 metres away, the King’s Road is home to popular eateries such as the Ivy Chelsea Garden and Bluebird Chelsea, as well as artistic institutions including the Saatchi Gallery and an impressive range of both designer and independent fashion boutiques.

EPR Architects – the architects and interior designers behind the iconic Rosewood London and The Ned – has created a lavish suite of amenities for the residents of King’s Road Park, which, at 23,000 sq. ft, is set to be one of the largest in the capital.

Prices at King’s Road Park start from £700,000 for a one-bedroom apartment.

www.kingsroadparksw6.com

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