Posted:21st March, 2023

Major eco award for Russell Homes in Wincham

Brook View development secures NextGeneration Silver status

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Russell Homes has achieved NextGeneration Project Silver status for the Design Stage of its Brook View development in Wincham, a major eco assessment framework backed by Homes England, Lloyds Bank and the UK Green Building Council designed to recognise new homes which exceed mandatory sustainability standards.

The 103-property scheme off New Warrington Road has been designed with sustainability top of the agenda. Securing the Silver award is great recognition for the team, says managing director Andrew Russell.

“With a significant investment in new technology, coupled with our corporate carbon reduction commitments, Brook View has been designed as our most sustainable development to date, so it’s great to be recognised and rewarded by this assessment.

“In submitting the scheme to the rigorous assessment of the NextGeneration initiative we were pleased to receive commendation in most areas, and guidance for improvement in others which we are looking to implement for future developments.

“Crucially, the award provides added reassurance to our buyers that they are purchasing an eco-conscious property which exceeds standard sustainability specification. We can help them to reduce both their carbon footprint and their energy bills by purchasing a new home at Brook View.”

Nationally recognised assessment

NextGeneration is the sustainability assessment system for UK homebuilders designed to assess the efforts being made by housebuilders. It highlights good practice and makes recommendations for improvements which can be made for new homes developments to reduce environmental impact.

With the aim of driving improvement across the industry, and reflecting the demand from buyers for more sustainable living, NextGeneration assesses homebuilders on where they go beyond minimum standards and mandatory disclosures. The Silver Award is achieved where a scheme exceeds expectation is four areas while Gold can only be achieved when there is no fossil fuel source.

Assessors highlighted the use of sustainable building methods, the increase in biodiversity which will be delivered by the end of the construction programme, responsible employment practices and provision of affordable homes in the Russell Homes report.

The majority of properties at Brook View have roof mounted solar panels which will generate up to 30% of the homeowner’s requirements, and electric vehicle chargers are being provided as standard on all plots.

The homes are being built from sustainably sourced timber and feature a range of energy reduction and carbon reducing measures such as additional insulation, high-specification double glazing, EPC A condensing boilers, water-saving bathroom fittings and low energy lighting.

Set within a large parkland on the rural edge of a Cheshire village, the development incudes significant biodiversity enhancements with natural planting schemes designed to provide additional wild habitats and a bee-friendly areas. A large area of open space will be framed by existing and new trees, while walking routes to and through the site will be provided.

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