Construction Breakfast – November 2016
Around 40 guests gathered for the second autumn Construction Breakfast at Bordeaux Quay down at the Harbourside on 1 November 2016.
Bacon sandwiches, pastries and a little fruit was enjoyed before Jonathan Phillips, Partner at Bidwells, introduced the morning’s talk and his colleague Daniel Gender-Sherry shared his experience with the North-West Bicester Eco Town in Oxfordshire.
With a combined energy centre, zero carbon homes, 40% green infrastructure, 35% impermeable surfaces and a 20% energy saving, the NW Bicester Eco Town is and will be like no other in the UK. Solar panels line the roofs, garage roofs are green with plant life, and each home has a tablet-controlled heat and energy system and the fuel plant that feeds the households runs through them all and into the national grid. Despite only 119 ‘affordable homes’ of the 393 zero carbon homes built so far, all have sold in record time.
Daniel was particularly impressed with the community engagement aspect of the work. Independently facilitated community workshops and consultation with the existing Bicester residents had greatly helped to bring excitement and anticipation to the new project.
With this being the only one of 57 initial applications to make it to the building stage and a 20-year roll-out period, some were left wondering whether it was too good to be true. It is a tremendous project, and there was undoubtedly a collective desire to see more eco towns like this, but whether such a desire for green could ever trump the more traditional money and time factors remains to be seen.
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