We’re proud to have delivered these 56 new homes, transforming the site of a former car park, office, and nursery for Longhurst Group. This development comprises a combination of 36 affordable rent, 10 shared ownership, and 10 rent to buy homes: a split of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom flats and houses.
The California Road development is a shining example of how innovative design and construction methods can be used to create sustainable, affordable housing. It is also a testament to the importance of collaboration between developers, contractors, and local authorities.
The scheme uses our premium low carbon Eco closed panel system, which were factory fitted with a cement board cladding, with some of the units featuring contrasting brickwork panels.
Using our closed Eco panel system, we are able to minimises waste, and use less carbon than a traditional build. The panels have 200mm of insultation between the inside and external face, giving them a low U value and reducing heating costs for the end customer. Furthermore, the dwelling will be heated by a ground source heat pump system, which lowers energy bills for residents.
Marcus Keys, Executive Director of Growth and Development, said he was pleased with the progress being made:
“We’re delighted with the way our California Meadows development is taking shape and are looking forward to seeing further progress over the next few months. It’s great to see the first homes beginning to go up.
“This is an exciting project for the Group as by using this modern method of construction, we’re able to assess an innovative new way of building. We’re keen to explore this sort of construction method further, to help us reduce the carbon footprint during construction.
“We also know that by having the panels built in factory conditions in the first place, this ensures the highest levels of quality assurance before they even arrive on site.”
“We now have around 25 of the homes erected on site, and we’re delighted with both the speed of construction, with the dwellings being erected at a rate of more than one per week, as well as the modern appearance of the design, with the homes coming from the factory complete with their external cladding already fitted.”
The development is being part-funded by a grant from Homes England as part of our strategic partnership with Burmor Construction and Longhurst Group.
To learn more about the development, please visit: https://www.longhurst-group.org.uk/new-developments/california-meadows-huntingdon-new-build-homes-for-shared-ownership/
Closed Eco panel system
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