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Graylingwell scheme gains green awards

19 November 2010

 

The
Graylingwell Park project has scooped two major industry awards recently.

Capita Symonds provided transport planning services on the scheme which won the ‘Sustainable Large Social Housing Project of the Year’ at the Sustainable Housing Awards and the ‘Best Zero Carbon Initiative’ category at the Housebuilder Awards.

Situated to the north eat of Chichester, the mixed-use scheme comprises the redevelopment of an 85-acre redundant hospital site into the largest carbon neutral neighbourhood in the UK. 

It has been an excellent opportunity to provide transport advice in a team designing the largest zero carbon housing development in the UK...

The development, which retains a number of the core hospital buildings, provides 750 new homes (40% will be affordable housing); more than 2,400sqm of community uses; and approximately 6,300sqm of commercial space. It will meet net zero carbon for the whole development, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, Code 6 for Energy, and EcoHomes Excellent on all refurbished buildings.

The project was designed through a community planning process for the development partnership of Linden Homes, Affinity Sutton and the Homes & Communities Agency.

Andrew Whittingham, Project Director, Capita Symonds, said: “Inevitably introducing this level of development into a constrained historic town such as Chichester presents considerable challenges at both at the technical and political level (it is the largest development in Chichester since the Romans).  A key aspect of our work was to make a convincing case that a realistic mode shift away from the car could be achieved in keeping with the philosophy of the scheme.  This case emphasized the crucial role of the travel plan in delivering travel objectives.  It has been an excellent opportunity to provide transport advice in a team designing the largest zero carbon housing development in the UK.”